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Exile on Niueuwestraat

Johnny Halliday is still a Frenchman, despite his best efforts, as the Belgian authorities are not expediting his application for nationality. Unlike Broon's delightful plan earlier, he will not have to engage in slave labour, but rather live there for three years or have 'real links to Belgium'. Given that Pa Halliday was called Smet and was a Belge, he should be in with a shot, despite being born to French mother in Paris. His sudden outbreak of Belgitude would appear to be not wholly unconnected with the interest of French authorities in how comprehensively it might plunder his bank account.

I think he should head for these parts - it would drive the Gauls up the wall.

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Anonymous swift said... 1:37 pm

There was a big fuss when Johnny moved to Switzerland, and a lot of media attention was focused on the tax arrangements that rich foreigners make with their local communes. There was plenty of hot air coming from the French, and some aide to Royal vowed that when she came to power she would force the Swiss to stop any preferential treatment of foreigners.
The Swiss president, Mme Calmy-Rey, went on TV and politely told the French to piss off and mond their own business.  



Anonymous verity said... 1:45 pm

The Swiss president, Mme Calmy-Rey, went on TV and politely told the French to piss off and mond their own business.

Works for me.  



Anonymous David Allen said... 2:15 pm

Yes, C. We should invite him over here. 'Bienvenue a Kensington' _ and M. Sarkozy can come over to fetch him home once he has had a chance to cut the tax rates.  



Blogger The Hitch said... 3:32 pm

the swiss allow residents to pay tax at a rate of 25% of the value of their home, no questions asked.  



Blogger Guthrum said... 7:51 am

Please God no- have you seen the plastic one recently, a cross between Cliff Richard and the surgery disaster that is Michael Jackson  



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