BALDRICK AND THE EURO

Blackadder: Come now, Baldrick; why that puzzled frown?
Baldrick: "What I want to know, Sir, is before there was a Euro there were lots of different types of money that different people used. Now there's only one type of money that the foreign people use. Now what I want to know is, how did we get from one state of affairs to the other state of affairs."
Blackadder: "Baldrick. Do you mean, how did the Euro start?”
Baldrick: "Yes Sir."
Blackadder: "Well, you see Baldrick, back in the 1980s there were many different countries all successfully running their own finances and using different types of money. On one side you had the major economies of France, Belgium, Holland and Germany and on the other, the weaker nations of Spain, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Portugal. When the weaker countries got into trouble, they just devalued and life carried on more or less as mormal.

Then the EU decided that it would be much easier for everyone if they could all use the same money, have one Central Bank and belong to one large club where everyone would be happy. This meant that there could never be a situation whereby financial meltdown would lead to social unrest, wars and crises."
Baldrick: "But this is sort of a crisis, isn't it Sir?”
Blackadder: "That's right Baldrick. You see, there was only one slight flaw with the plan."
Baldrick: "What was that then, Sir?"
Blackadder: "It was total bollocks.
Baldrick: "But why did they do it if it was bollocks, Sir? Didn't they know it was bollocks?"
Blackadder: "Of course they knew, Baldrick. There has never been a successful monetary union without fiscal and political union."
Baldrick: "But I don't understand, Sir. If they KNEW it was bollocks, why did they do it?
Blackadder: "Because they actually WANTED it to fail, Baldrick, you chump. That was their cunning plan all along."
Baldrick: "But why would they want something so important to fail, Sir?"
Blackadder: "Baldrick - I haven't got all day. Listen carefully; I shall say this only once. They wanted it to fail because THEN they could force the euro countries into fiscal and political union, a superstate ruled by Germany and France. That was the intention all along. As I said, it was a cunning plan; you ought to understand those!"
Baldrick: "I think I see now, Sir. That wasn't very nice Sir, was it, given that Southern Europe has had ten years of economic crisis with youth unemployment of up to 50%."
Blackadder: "No, it wasn't Baldrick, and I am beginning to think there may be some hope for you after all."