Hmph. Maybe that Ridley chappie had a point after all. Thanks to stalwart work by racing-driver-turned-Government-minister, Baroness Denton, Britons who take more than 30 days to cough up for goods purchased or services rendered can now have their wrists firmly smacked. Proper order: but what is this poignant little statistic Toady has truffled out, buried at the back of that effervescent publication, The Official Journal of the European Commission? Well, it seems that nearly 40% of invoices submitted to the Commission take 60 days or more to be paid; rather more than 20% take in excess of 90 days. The motto of Delors' empire seem to be Le cheque? C'est deja poste, a phrase that is sufficiently annoying in English but positively unforgivable in Foreign. Baroness Denton lists her interests in Who's Who as "talking shop". No indication is given as to whether she can do this in French, but Toady has found that talking English slowly in a very loud voice generally makes Johnny Frog get one's point. Aux armes, Mme la Baronne.
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