Sunday, June 24, 2007

Should they "stop that Polish chatter"?

The Times notes that someone forgot to tell the Polish Prime Minister, as in "the Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers, "don't mention the war"
Speaking from Warsaw, he claimed Poland deserved a better deal on voting rights because of Germany’s “incomprehensible crimes” against his country between 1939 and 1945.

“It was the Germans who inflicted unimaginable injury, terrible harm, on Poles – incomprehensible crimes – and Poles like Germans, while Germans do not like Poles,” he said.
Another reason if the EU ever need more why voting rights should be by mathematical formula rather than horsetraded. Meanwhile the Sun delights over this incident, calling the Poles "plucky".
PM Jaroslaw Kaczynski fumed: “We are demanding one thing, that we get back what was taken from us.

“If Poland had not to live through the years of 1939-45, Poland would be today looking at the demographics of a country of 66million.

“It was the Germans who inflicted unimaginable injury, terrible harm, on Poles — incomprehensible crimes — and Poles like Germans while Germans do not like Poles.”
Basil Fawlty would have been proud:
Guest:"Will you stop mentioning the War?"
Basil: "You started it"
Guest: "We did not start it"
Basil: "Yes you did, you invaded Poland."
I wonder how British newspapers would take a similar demand from Ireland for more votes because of the British handling of the Famine in the 1840s - sure the EU wasn't around then either but Mr Kaczynski didn't give a cut-off.
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