Dave, my doctors' widow pension has been cut by nearly 30% and my (orthopaedic consultant) late Greek husband never asked for a fakalaki, nor have I ever cheated the tax system as it is not in my nature to be anything but honest.
I would like Channel 4 to come here to film actual Greek families living on the bread-line rather than manufacture scenarios such as the rubbish they televised last night.
It was interesting that no mention was made of government benefits which ordinary Greeks may claim when in difficulties (virtually non-existant).
Shame on you Channel 4.
Message posted by panv on 08áNovemberá2011 at 7:23pm - IP Logged
I won't receive my pension till I'm 67 as I've always worked, worked and worked, I was hoping to play, play and play before I shuffle of this mortal coil.
As for the programme "Go Greek for the Week" started to watch it, but soon turned over. Yes the system is corrupt, but the average Greek in the villages don't get to "play" the system and life is very hard for them.
Message posted by Elliemay on 08áNovemberá2011 at 9:56pm - IP Logged
Totally off subject I know, but many years ago I planned my retirement income on getting my State Pension at 60, when I was due to retire from the Civil Service. It has only been in the last 5 years or so that they have moved the goalposts. How on earth do the Government expect us 50+ people to exist from 60 years of age to 66 years of age without the promised pension? Words fail me!!!
Message posted by Dave and Kerry on 08áNovemberá2011 at 10:27pm - IP Logged
Lavinia. I feel that the programme was aimed at those who have been cheating the system for years! The trouble is with TV programmes they tend to tar everyone with the same brush. We all know people on Corfu or in other parts of Greece who are honest and genuine and hard working but good news does not sell newspapers as they say and sadly it is the little people who take the hit on major taxes just as in the UK.
When major companies are allowed to dodge tax as has just happened in the UK and like the Greek shipping magnates people will rightly feel agrieved.
With regard to your pension did it change after Greece joined the Euro ie did it increase? Or did it stay at the same amount as before the Euro.
Message posted by Ray and Gisela on 08áNovemberá2011 at 11:03pm - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by janmanessi on 09áNovemberá2011
Maybe LESK will invite you to his luxury villa so you can watch it in comfort!
I haven't switched on the TV, satellite or Video since arriving. Why would you want to when you can sit outside and enjoy the views or better still get quality reading matter through your kindle (another 'luxury')
Part of wanting to leave the UK was to get away from the endless rubbish they call TV programming and reporting and I'm not in the least surprised that the TV programme didn't behave fairly or represent the 'real' Greeks but you can bet the UK-based TV couch potatos will look at it and think 'what a bunch of thieving baskets'.
If its any interest I participate in a UK business forum and the chat is very commonsense-based and pretty much sums up the situation as it is.. we are all more concerned with the politics of Germany/France than the pitifully small minded programmes you get on TV.
Frankly if you want to know whats going on in the world, the last place you should be looking is the English TV stations. (just an opinion [;D])
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