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An old woman has died in Britain. That’s sad. For her family, friends and acquaintances. She was already 96, so there was a good chance that she would soon trade the temporary for the eternal. However, death always comes too soon. The woman had taken on the tasks assigned to her all her life. It was because she was born in the right bed. In return for completing these tasks…

An old woman has died in Britain. That’s sad. For her family, friends and acquaintances. She was already 96, so there was a good chance that she would soon trade the temporary for the eternal. However, death always comes too soon. The woman had taken on the tasks assigned to her all her life. It was because she was born in the right bed. In return for performing these duties, she lived a life of luxury. She was served and did not have to worry about her financial future. It was not her choice, nor her fault or credit. It just happened.

Pension savings

An old woman lives in the Netherlands. Two days ago I happened to see a video of her that someone had posted on LinkedIn. The video was made by a local radio station from The Hague. The radio station does street interviews with what we call ‘ordinary people’ for convenience. Or also called ‘the man on the street’. The interview with the lady hit me and didn’t let go of me for several days.

The lady had done the work she had to do all her life to support herself. On the other hand, she lived sparingly, but luckily she didn’t have to worry about her old age, she thought. For her entire adult life, she had put enough money into the pension fund so that she could look forward to a carefree old age. I’m guessing the lady is in her late seventies, but I’m not sure because she’s a ‘woman on the street’ and she’s not on Wikipedia.

35 billion euros

A woman lives in Germany. She is the daughter of the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony and was born in Brussels when her father was still working for the EU. Her husband is the director of a medical company specializing in cell and gene therapy. This lady entered politics and became a minister in Germany. First from family matters, then from the labor market and later even to the Minister of Defence. She has been the President of the European Commission since 2019. She is 64 years old and she does not have to worry about her financial future.

I dare to believe that she works hard, but not necessarily hard physical work. This lady was not directly elected by the European people, but sits here on the recommendation of the Prime Ministers of the EU Member States. She has single-handedly ordered 1.8 billion doses of Pfizer vaccines on behalf of the European Commission. These cost at least 35 billion euros for European citizens. The woman would not reveal the details of her deal with Pfizer or the messages she exchanged with Pfizer’s boss. The EU’s negotiating team, where all member states are represented, was not involved. It is her fault.

In prison

In Great Britain, a woman is buried. The world is watching because the woman was important. She was important because she was a queen. Many people from all over the world are very sad that this 96-year-old lady has passed away. TV stations and newspapers fill their pages with all sorts of details about the lady’s death.

At the same time, the world is experiencing a massive crisis. The prices of electricity and gas will become unaffordable. They warn of a food crisis. Hunger and cold lurk around the corner. Not for this woman and not for her family. The queen is dead. Long live the king. An ordinary man on a street in London holding up a sign. It says, “Charles, who chose you?”. The man is arrested by the police and put in a cell.

Interview

In the Netherlands, a lady is interviewed on the street. This is the transcript of the interview with her:

Woman: ‘I worked until I was 68 to get my apartment mortgage-free and to make ends meet. And now I just have to go to the food bank. But I don’t qualify for that because there are still a hundred thousand waiting for you. And then you have to sell your house, so what? ‘

Interviewer: ‘So you’re really looking forward to it?’

Woman: ‘Yes. I think I’ll just get a pill and when it gets too bad I’ll take it. I did my best for Holland. I have paid the pool for 53 years, well someone else can have it. Good luck with that.’

Interviewer: ‘Do you mean it now?’

Woman: ‘Yes.’

A woman lives in the Netherlands. She will soon no longer be able to pay for her gas and electricity. And food also gets more expensive every month. It’s not all her fault. The lady is thinking of suicide if it continues like this.

Welcome to the Hunger Games.

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