Remember professor Diomidis Spinellis?
Well today he tweeted that he was sued by Charalambos Nikolakopoulos, chairman of Tax Office employees’ trade union (POE DOY) after Spinellis gave a speech at a conference on “Tax Evasion and Social Justice”. In his speech Spinellis referred to “widespread corruption in the tax collecting mechanism” – a reference for which POE DOY now accuses him of libel.
Diomidis Spinellis' tweet
The Tax Office Employees’ trade union, in its statement, said:
The period of silence and attacks against our Federation, has gone for good. From now on we will react with all available means to defend the honor and reputation of hard working tax service employees. Let those, who (for many years) have thrown their political and administrative responsibilities on the tax service employees, understand the message.
It’s a strange statement, sounding more like a bullying or a blackmail. For some people the mere reference to political responsibilities might look as an indirect admittance of being guilty of corruption. It’s like saying “if you keep putting the blame to the corrupt tax office employees, we’ll disclose the names of politicians and their administrative puppets who were involved in this corruption“.
Mr. Spinellis created a page where he invites people to tell their own personal story of corruption in their transactions with the Greek Tax Office. He intends to use these stories in his defense at court. The page can be found here, it’s only Greek.
Tell your personal story on corruption at the Greek Tax Office.
Posted in Economy, Society
Tagged Charalambos Nikolakopoulos, Diomidis Spinellis, Greece, Greek crisis, ΠΟΕ ΔΟΥ, POE DOY, tax evasion, tax fraud, tax office, tweets, Twitter
Paul Mason (BBC, Newsnight) just tweeted several tweets on where we stand today concerning the Greek (and EU) crisis. I decided to copy them over here as they do tell a truth and I respect his insight in these matters. By the way, he has written some of the most accurate articles about the situation in Greece last June, before the so-called Second Memorandum.
A quick Twittersplurge on the Euro situation: 1) With G-Pap gone Greece is not “sorted”. 1a) Both Pasok and ND have deep roots in GR society
1b)…Hence Pasok tried to avoid inflicting pain on state, ND must avoid infliciting pain on urban poor, super-rich, middle classes…
1c) Not clear what, if anything, Samaras has signed up to from 26 Oct deal, since he does not believe further austerity can work.
2) An unelected Greek technocratic govt cannot do what an elected Pasok govt failed to do. Anybody busy in EU/IMF diplo understand this?
3) I go back to “anomic breakdown” – only Pasok machine stood in way of this, and as we saw KKE security squads. Also ND hope of election…
4) So now Italy: here there is a clear
#Berluscomparsi dividend. He has added instability to sit, so technocratic govt might work. Howevr…
4a) “The restaurants are full” was most telling comment. Whole S Europe living dolce vita on unsustainable debt. Above all upper middleclass
5) There are 3 potential ways to save situation: EFSF, IMF, ECB. Of which… EFSF is most doable.
6) Of EFSF/ECB/IMF routes, each has a democratic impediment. USA/UK won’t do enough IMF, Germany won’t do ECB, Germany stymied EFSF v1.0
7) The Anglo-Saxon insistence on ECB route is both logical and impossible: Germany easier to persuade to redesign EFSF + go fiscal union
8) So logically, since we are in mode of overtrhowing governments who get in way of Eurocrisis resolution… the one to overthrow wd be?
9) Work it out: SPD and Greens stand for fiscal union. That’s why I asked Sarko where does it stop.
10) Meanwhile EU better hope Greeks not listening to G-Pap when he said an election would cause a bank run. The day is young.
Posted in Politics
Tagged BBC, Berluscomparsi, ECB, EFSF, EU, EU crisis, George Papandreou, German Green Party, Greece, Greek crisis, IMF, KKE, New Democracy, Newsnight, PASOK, Paul Mason, Silvio Berlusconi, SPD, tweets, Twitter, UK, USA