I Did Larf?

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Kilkis
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I Did Larf?

Postby Kilkis » Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:27 pm

From an article in Keep Talking Greece:

    The Prime Minister pointed out that Greece is a proven safe country, located “at the crossroads of three continents”, with modern telecommunications infrastructure and has a government that is “proponent of entrepreneurship and reform-oriented.”

This during a period when Turkey is trying to provoke Greece into open conflict on a daily basis, the day after the government had to tell people not to use the Internet between 9am and 6pm, because it couldn't cope with the volume of traffic, and the system they had bought to provide distance learning for secondary school children totally crashed after the first lesson. To add insult to injury this is a comment from the abstract of a research report:

    The findings point to the fact that 'old' management techniques, bureaucratic structures, lack of financial support by governmental sources and the lack of university–business cooperation hinder the process of innovation in Greek SMEs

Admittedly the report is 13 years old but has anything really changed very much?

Warwick

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Re: I Did Larf?

Postby johnincrete » Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:21 am

I think there is an English term to express the reaction to someone talking (usually a politician or z-list "celebrity) that encompasses "Laugh? I could have cried". There is, of course, the old joke: How do you tell if a politician is lying? It seems that Boris is being "advised" by people who have some sort of agenda and it is him who has to try to justify a statement that turns out to be wrong not them. Perhaps, Warwick, you could give him your phone number so he could get information from a real person about what is happening in Greece?

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Re: I Did Larf?

Postby Kilkis » Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:49 am

johnincrete wrote:...It seems that Boris is being "advised" by people who have some sort of agenda and it is him who has to try to justify a statement that turns out to be wrong not them...


I am not sure that is a correct interpretation, John, but I admit that it could be. I think it is more a case of specialisation. For many decades politicians have been using narratives to convince you of "something" and the relationship between the narrative and reality is quite fluid. Through those decades they have refined the art greatly so today you need specialists in each part of the process. Cummings is quite brilliant at creating narratives but, as he demonstrated in the garden at number 10, he is totally useless at delivering them. Johnson is quite brilliant at delivering the narrative but completely clueless when it comes to creating them.

From time to time, like COVID, reality repeatedly smashes the narrative in the face but government keeps putting it back in the ring.

The real question is who decides on the "something"? That we are never sure of.

Warwick


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