No money? No problem!
I'm seriously considering sending an email to the prime minister next time I receive my electricity bill. The contents will be straight and to the point: "I'm sorry, but I seem to have no money to settle this bill. Cheers!"
No, I'm not off my rocker. It's just that I find this sort of story - http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120829/local/-No-cash-to-pay-for-expropriated-land.434761 – really unbelievable.
My co-blogger Alison Bezzina's latest header came to mind as soon as I read this. What the %$£&^%&^? And yes, some more *&^%$ for good measure. I am well-aware that there's such a thing as prioritising when it comes to national debt. But an email from the prime minister informing you that you're not going to get your rightful compensation after all, because "oops we spent all the dough" really has to be the pits. All that was missing was a "so long sucker" sign-off.
This gets even more insulting considering what other purposes the country did, after all, find the money for.
Convoluted electoral PR machinations; IVF procedures that are universally looked upon as suspect (as opposed to investing in internationally tried and tested procedures); Payment of judges (or magistrates, I can't be bothered to find out which) who simply refuse to do their work; A public work force that won't do a stroke of work after 1.30 p.m. in the summer months
I'm sure there are tons more examples I could bring forth, but I really have no wish to waste more time. I know you're not particularly interested in my financial priorities, but just in case this latest government ploy works, here's a list of items on which I'd rather not drop any money:
Income tax; Social security; Parking fines; Electricity bills
What are the chances that I get the rule-book thrown at me if I send a similarly-worded e-mail to the relevant departments? Well, provided the clock hasn't struck half-past one, of course. In which case my e-mail will go happily ignored.