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Archbishop of Granada attacks youngsters who want to be civil servants


He criticised those who expected their problems to be solved for them by others


The Archbishop of Granada, Javier Martínez, has attacked youngsters who want to become civil servants, considering the Spanish mentality of a ‘subsidised society’ as a ‘social illness’, especially in a time of crisis such as now.

Source: typicallyspanish


Vocabulary:

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to hold (an event) -

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Do you agree with the bishop? Why/why not?





Comments

Montse said…
Hi, Graham. I' ve read the article and I am astonished. First of all, what does working as a civil servant have to do with recovering the “Christian identity”? and secondly, I don’t think he takes a lot of risks in his job like to speak that way.
Since the recession started, it seems like if the civil servants were the worse people in the world.
Anyway, I think it was an unfortunate statement.
Graham said…
Hi Montse,

I was wondering who the first PAPER PUSHER (or should I say civil servant?) would be to make a comment about this news. :D

I agree with you on your first POINT - I can't see the connection between an ambition to be a civil servant and the LACK OF Christian BELIEFS.

And I doubt that he TAKES any more RISKS than the rest of us.

But if I understand him correctly, I think his general point is a FAIR one.

Nowadays people try to get RATHER THAN give. They want to have everything without making an effort and blame everyone else if they don't get what they want. Nobody thinks what they can do to help others; only about what others can do for them. It's a very selfish society.

I don’t think he takes a lot of risks in his job IF HE SPEAKS that way.

Since the recession started, it SEEMS AS IF the civil servants were the WORST people in the world.
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham:

I think your work is unbelievable, ten days ago I saw your blog last time and you have made new ten pages more, almost one page by day. Do you agree Lucía? I hope to she reads it and writes here.

This post is to provoke us. I think you want we take part and we learn, but I think you have got it, because this Archbishop is an ignorant and rude. This is a Spanish problem, we don´t respect to other people, Graham. Instead to do anything to rest of the people, we have to criticize and to gossip other people. ¡What a pity!

You will see, Graham, the most ignorant people, always they are the most criticize. This Archbishop achieves perfectly, because he believes about gods, religions, myth, legend, etc. That is lie and false, that isn´t, and he lies to good people without formation. But he talks about civil servants and he doesn´t understand. He thinks a civil servant is a human being that is behind the table and without to do nothing, but when the Archbishop has to go to the doctor because he was ill, who will attend him? The doctor is a civil servant, like the policeman, as firefighter, etc.

Besides, a civil servant has worked hardly to pass an exam because the Spanish Constitution says that the civil servant will into to Ministry by merits, he is Archbishop by finger or by ham (In Spanish “a dedo o a jamonazos”). Please, Mr. Martínez, live your life in peace and leaves to live peace to rest of the people.

See you soon Graham and Lucía.
Graham said…
Some interesting points, Jose. Let's see if Lucía agrees with you this time.

I'll reply fully tomorrow. I'm too tired now :D
Graham said…
José,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

I like your style of writing but it requires some energy to correct it. LOL


I think your work is INCREDIBLE, THE LAST TIME I SAW YOUR BLOG WAS 10 DAYS AGO and you have MADE ANOTHER ten POSTS, almost ONE A DAY. Do you agree Lucía? I HOPE (THAT) SHE reads it and writes here.

This post is to provoke us. I think you *(1)WANT US TO take part and learn - I think you have MANAGED, because this Archbishop is IGNORANT and rude. This is a Spanish problem, we don´t RESPECT OTHER people, Graham. INSTEAD OF DOING SOMETHING to HELP PEOPLE, we have to criticize and GOSSIP ABOUT OTHERS. What a pity!

You will see, Graham, the most ignorant people are ALWAYS THE ONES WHO CRITISIZE THE MOST. This Archbishop IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE, because he BELIEVES IN GODS, religions, myth, legend, etc. IT is ALL LIES and he lies to good people without ANY REASON.

But he talks about civil servants and he doesn´t understand. He thinks a civil servant is a human being that is behind A TABLE and *(2)WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING, but when the Archbishop has to go to the doctor because he IS ill, who will attend him? The doctor is a civil servant AS IS THE POLICEMAN, firefighter etc.

Besides, a civil servant has *(3)WORKED HARD to pass an exam because the Spanish Constitution says that the civil servant will ENTER Ministry ON MERIT, he is Archbishop by finger or by ham (In Spanish “a dedo o a jamonazos”). Please, Mr. Martínez, live your life in peace and LET OTHERS live THEIR LIVES IN peace TOO.


*(1) to want sb to do stg (we never say "want that..." in English)

(2) "without" acts like a negative and so is followed by "any"

(3) your homework for the next day:

What is the difference between "work hard" and "hardly work"? What do civil servants do? LOL
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham:

I seemed that hard means very much and hardly very strong, but I afterwuard I though, clumsy look out and looked for it in the dictionary and I have seen hard means force, strong, difficult and hardly means almost and nearly. I think "work hard" is work too much and "hardly work" is work little. ¿It´s right?

About the following question I don´t know if you tell me it seriously or with irony, so another day I will tell you, but there isn´t place in your blog for writing everything. LOL. José.
Graham said…
Jose,

Yeah, you got it.

I know that for many who work at the MOJ it is difficult to understand the difference between HARDLY WORK and WORK HARD :D

Maybe I am OVERDOING the lazy civil servant jokes but I like WINDING YOU ALL UP.

Have a good weekend.
Anonymous said…
Thanks you very much, Graham. Yesterday I found wind up and I know what means. It´s a good thing the people have sense of humour. See you tomorrow. José.