Thursday, September 20, 2007

Belgium for sale on E Bay

v-grrrl sent me news of a disgruntled citizen who posted Belgium for sale on e-bay.

To understand why he did it, you need to know that it has been 100 days since the election and still the politicians here are squabbling over who will rule the country. It's becoming the stuff of farce as power-sharing agreements fail to be made in the coalition government. Politically, it's a complicated country ...

The article begins: Hidden among the porcelain fox hounds and Burberry tablecloths on sale at eBay.be this week was an unusual item: "For Sale: Belgium, a Kingdom in three parts ... free premium: the king and his court (costs not included)."

The odd ad was posted by one disgruntled Belgian in protest at his country's political crisis which reached a 100-day landmark Tuesday with no end in sight to the squabbling between Flemish and Walloon politicians.


It ends with However, the company decided to pull the add Tuesday after receiving a bid of euro10 million ($14 million)

"We decided to take it down, just to avoid confusion,"

4 comments:

V-Grrrl said...

I guess we can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the Disney company didn't buy it--though at least there would be plenty of parking and public toilets. : )

Di Mackey said...

Not only that, they are .30cents per use clean clean clean toilets.

Alexpr said...

This is not a bad idea. Maybe someone could try to sell Italy on EBay - it to is full of squabbling politicos. No king though. Not sure whether this adds or detracts value from the place...

Get well soon Di and family.

Alex

Di Mackey said...

Thanks Alex, we're coming right slowly.

Hmmmm the language is simpler than Dutch so maybe that has market value.