Why The Portuguese Have No Problem With The EU
Simply put, they mostly ignore it ...
This week's blog post comes to you from Portugal where we sit sunning ourselves by a swimming pool. However, I can only do that for so long. About 20 minutes is average before I have to go and do something ...
We're sunning ourselves by a swimming pool in Portugal.
It's usually swimming, scuba diving or chatting to residents. There's little point going abroad if you don't have a natter with the locals.
"I'm pretty hopeless at learning languages but I do learn the basics and try."
Many more Portuguese people speak English than vice versa and once they know you're genuinely interested in their country the nattering is easy and, from what I can see, the Portuguese like the English very much.
So I got talking with a group of locals about this and that and they brought up the UK leaving the EU. Interestingly, their take on it isn't so much amazement of us leaving, but wonder of the fact that we took any notice of them.
Apparently Portugal likes all the benefits of being in the EU, but take no notice of any of rules they don't agree with. One of them even showed me a photo with a railway station sign proudly saying 'No Smoking' with two policemen standing beside it gleefully smoking fags.
I can't list all of the things they ignore, but it seems to be most areas including Health and Safety, the bits of the Human Rights Act they don't agree with and so on and so forth.
But they do get plenty of EU cash thrown at them and everyone seems happy. The government and local authorities in Portugal seem ok with letting it all happen and that, as I explained, was where the difference between our two countries lies.
Our government, civil service and local authorities are red tape merchants and are never happier than when charging people with minor misdemeanours.
To their hilarity, I pointed out that some otherwise unemployable dimwits in the UK are even hired to go around checking people's rubbish to see what is and isn't allowed in the black bin liners.
"After all, EU diktats must be
obeyed at all times."
That made my Portuguese friends realise why we had voted out and there was really no other way forward. One said to me that if we had been like Portugal then the Remain camp would have won.
I said that if we'd been like Portugal and just taken the cash and ignored the stupidity, then there would never have even been a referendum. He agreed.
I like the Portuguese. They're my kind of people. They're sensible.
Until next time ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.