Archive for September 2nd, 2012


Power Madness

Human Wrongs Watch

By Paola Valeri*

The International Monetary Fund’s director, Christine Lagarde, caused outrage in May 2012 when she said that what Greeks should do is help themselves collectively by all paying their taxes. Few days after, The Guardian made public that her salary –$467,940 a year plus $83,760 additional allowance– is not subject to any taxes.

**Christine Lagarde | Credit: MEDEF [CC-BY-SA-2.0 |Wikimedia Commons

Some months later, on July 11th, Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, announced a series of severe budgetary adjustments, which implied a drastic reduction of unemployment benefits in a time where the country counted some 5 millions unemployed, 50,5% of them young people.

As if they were celebrating a significant step ahead on the road of social rights and welfare, the members of Parliament of the Spanish ruling party (Partido Popular) stood up to applaud, with evident enthusiasm, the measures that were in fact the hardest cuts ever in the public spending, limiting the access of millions of citizens to education, health and other fundamental public services.

During that surprising celebration, Andrea Fabra, member of the ruling party and daughter of an influential politician, shouted from her seat in the Parliament a resounding “f**k them!”

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