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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

UNCIVIL SERVICE

Public Disservice I recently had a bad experience with a Greek public servant. Before I tell you about it, I shall quote the British ambassador to Greece in 1981: ‘First, inefficiency and corruption. The Greek public service is bureaucratic, slow moving, and highly politicised. The administration finds it difficult to respond to the need for reform […] Though the Greeks are good at making plans, they are less good at carrying them out, and past masters at changing them for new plans. […] Where the administration and citizen come face to face, there is also inefficient and sometimes inhumane bureaucracy. […] The problem is partly an Ottoman bureaucratic tradition which revels in documentation and in which the petty official, not able to take responsibility for positive action, shows his power by obstructing his fellow citizens; partly the effect of the low level of education of the majority of civil servants, compounded by the propensity of all governments to put placemen into the administration (which in turn results in over-manning).’ Thirty six years later: I attended a court as a witness. The official turned up twenty minutes late. She did not apologise, or even excuse herself. I began by saying that they had left the letter asking for me to attend in the open, and not in an envelope, at the front entrance of our block, for all to see. The official’s reaction was to ask me to take my hands out of my pockets, and to sit straight up in the chair. I would have taken my hands out of my pocket, in any case, but she forestalled me, saying that in Greece one had to take one's hands out of one's pockets. When I used an English word, she rudely said that I must speak only Greek. She said that I should have brought an interpreter. I replied that I did not need one, but that with patience, we would manage it. When I presented my British passport, the official (more officious than official) asked about the oath and my religion. When I explained that I had no problem with taking the oath on the Bible, as I am Christian Orthodox, she still seemed disconcerted. I asked her to speak more slowly, but she did not. So I gave them my Greek ID. She looked surprised, apparently unable to see that a Briton could also have Greek citizenship, let alone be a Christian Orthodox. It suddenly became simpler for her. She asked me to put my hands on the Bible, which I did (I assume that it was a Bible, although I did not open the yellowish book). I told her that she must try to find some manners. Anyhow, I got through the whole testimony in Greek, speaking succinctly, and reading from a few pertinent documents. For some reason the rude official dictated the first document to the secretary. At the end, while checking through the testimony typed out by the well-mannered but frightened secretary, for my and the official’s signature, I asked her whether it was illegal to have one's hands in one's pockets. She started shouting really loudly, in the presence of the secretary, and another visitor, with whom she had already started to deal. I asked her not to shout, and said: 'Shh!', but she continued to shout, saying that I must speak in Greek. Yet I WAS speaking in Greek! I said that I might put in an official complaint. I then left, having ensured that she had signed my testimony. I pointedly thanked the secretary for her good manners, ignoring the unprofessional screamer. At least my testimony was signed. I was told that I had no right to have a copy. I regret to say that the ambassador was right in 1981. He is still right. ‘Something is very rotten in the state of Denmark.’ Unless clientelism is destroyed, the problem will continue, and the Greek people will forget who they should be. Good public relations begins at home. William Mallinson, Athens, 21 February 2017 Copyright Dr. William Mallinson

Friday, November 4, 2016

https://www.facebook.com/The-Threat-of-Geopolitics-to-International-Relations-1674989799458411/

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

http://www.cambridgescholars.com/united-states-presidential-election-cambridge-scholars-publishing
SENT TO ME BY FIDIAS AFTER I RAISED MY CONCERNS ABOUT SERIOUS IRREGULARITIES IN HIRING PROCEDURES, AND REPLACING BUCHELOS WITH 'SOMEONE'. WHAT NONSENSICAL AND MISTAKEN GARBAGE
HE WROTE! THE BIT ABOUT MY RAISING CONCERNS WHEN I AM DUE FOR PROMOTION IS MOST UNFORTUNATE.....I FOUND IT THREATENING.....
Γειά σου Ευστράτιε !
Οταν πριν τρεις περίπου ώρες μου έγραψες στο chat ,έφευγα και δεν είχα τον χρόνο να σου απαντήσω.Ετσι τώρα σου γράφω για να σου πω πράγματα που ίσως δεν σου αρέσουν αλλά είναι αλήθειες που ίσως όμως σε βοηθήσουν αν τα διαβάσεις με ταπεινοφροσύνη και σκοπό να κερδίσεις από αυτά.Δεν ισχυρίζομαι ότι γνωρίζω τα πάντα για τις ανθρώπινες ψυχές αλλά όσα αισθάνομαι,θα σου τα πω με την ελπίδα να καταλάβεις και κυρίως να βοηθηθείς.Γιατί έχεις ανάγκη βοήθειας μεγάλης.Εγώ βέβαια δεν είμαι ο κατάλληλος για να σε βοηθήσω ,ένας άνθρωπος είμαι με ατέλειες αλλά και θέληση να πω τα πράγματα με το όνομά τους.Διάβασε λοπόν με προσοχή και κρίνε με .Αλλά σε παρακαλώ πολύ,βοήθησε τον εαυτό σου !
Είσαι σε λάθος δρόμο όταν βλέπεις διαρκώς πίσω από κάποιους ανθρώπους απειλές για εσένα και τη οικογένειά σου ! Είσαι φοβικός τύπος,νομίζεις ότι όλοι θέλουμε το κακό σου.Αν βέβαια το πιστεύεις,εμπρός προχώρα ,ενημέρωσε τον δικηγόρο σου για τη νέα μεγάλη απειλή της ζωής σου που λέγεται Φίλιας !!!! Καημένε William,τίποτε δεν κατάλαβες από τον συνάδελφο που πάντα σε στήριξε με τα λόγια και τις συμβουλές και μεσολαβήσεις του ! Ποτέ δεν εκτίμησες τίποτε ! Αντίθετα,παρεξηγήθηκες επειδή σου είπα στη συνέλευση και σου έγραψα μετά στο πρώτο μου mail την αλήθεια,ότι δηλαδή έκενες λάθος να αναφερθείς σε υπόθεση που δεν σε αφορούσε με τρόπο απρεπή και πανεπιστημιακά ανήθικο ! Σε τρομάζει η αλήθεια συνάδελφε ! Σε βάζουν να διαβάζεις κείμενα καταγγελίας που δεν έχουν σχέση με εσένα σε ώρα που εσύ έχεις εξέλιξη στην καριέρα σου με την υποψηφιότητά σου που ακόμα δεν έχει κριθεί ! Εχεις δηλαδή δικά σου σημαντικά θέματα να παλέψεις και δεν υπήρχε λόγος να ασχολείσαι με άλλων ζητήματα και καταγγελίες ! Εβλαψες ( δίχως να το θέλεις ) και τον ίδιο τον συνάδελφο αφού έτσι δημιουργήθηκε η ατμόσφαιρα που δεν επέτρεψε να συζητηθούν τα επίμαχα ζητήματα που επρόκειτο να συζητήσουμε.
Οσο για τα θέματα που ανέφερα στο προηγούμενα mail μου ,δεν μετανιώνω για τίποτε αφού και για τα εργασιακά και για τα της γενικότερης παρουσίας σου και συμπεριφοράς σου στο Τμήμα είναι γνωστά σε όλους και όλοι μαζί μου συμφωνούν ! Ολοι είναι τελικά τρελοί κι εσύ ο σωστός ; Ολοι έχουν άδικο κι εσύ δίκιο ; Για στείλε το mail μου σε όποιον θέλεις στο Τμήμα για αν δεις πώς βλέπει τα πράγματα ! Για δώσε λοιπόν στο δικηγόρο σου το mail μου για να δει την αναφορά τον Λέκτορα William που,εδώ και χρόνια,γράφει με μαεστρία για διεθνείς σχέσεις και διπλωματία αλλά δεν κάνει σχεδόν τίποτε για το Ελληνικό Δημόσιο Πανεπιστήμιο την ώρα που, επί χρόνια πολλά, άλλοι συνάδελφοί του δουλεύουν σαν σκυλιά σε επί πλέον διδακτικές ώρες ( για να επιβιώσει το Τμήμα που αγαπάμε και που μας τίμησε !!! ) σε επιτροπές,έξετάσεις ,πτυχιακές,μεταπτυχιακά και άλλα από τα οποία ήσουν και εξακολουθείς να είσαι μονίμως απών ! Εσύ μιλάς,τολμάς και μας μιλάς ; Τολμάς και μας μιλάς για παρατυπίες και παρανομίες ;

PROPER FREEMASONS NEED TO CLEAN UP THEIR ORGANISATION, AS THEY RUN THE DANGER OF BEING TARRED WITH A BAD BRUSH:

A PROPER FREEMASON IS MEANT TO :

AGREE TO BE A GOOD MAN AND TRUE, AND STRICTLY TO OBEY THE MORAL LAW.

PROMISE NOT TO BE CONCERNED IN PLOTS OR CONSPIRACIES AGAINST GOVERNMENT, BUT PATIENTLY TO SUBMIT TO THE DECISIONS OF THE SUPREME LEGISLATURE.

AGREE TO AVOID PRIVATE PIQUES AND QUARRELS AND TO GUARD AGAINST INTEMPERANCE AND EXCESS.

I regret to say that the members of the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting who are Freemasons have done the opposite of the above. They are the kind of people who join the Brotherhood to promote their own ambitions, because they are weak. They voted and acted against the law, to keep Buchelos out, and anyone else even remotely connected to Mazis. Although Mazis does not impress me as an international academic, things would probably be less bad if he were still in the department. My next post may be about nepotism. In the meantime, the battle of the lodges continues.

More must, and will, follow, in the public interest.

INCIDENTALLY, KAPODISTRIAS FORBADE FREEMASONRY IN PUBLIC LIFE, QUITE RIGHTLY. NOW THEY SPIT AT HIM, HYPOCRITICALLY. THEY ARE TRAITORS TO THE GREEK NATION.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Professor William Mallinson, former British diplomat and author of The Threat of Geopolitics and of Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus, talks about diploma...
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Friday, September 30, 2016

My interview on RT





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zzec1Npmpc&feature=youtu.be