Thursday 23 November 2017

'Reckless in the extreme' - Senator complains about Varoufakis' wife riding motorbike without helmet

David Kearns

As Greece teeters on the brink, a Fine Gael senator has rounded on outgoing finance minister Yanis Varoufakis for his ‘reckless’ behaviour in allowing his wife to ride on the back of his motorbike without a helmet.

Senator Cáit Keane voiced her unhappiness yesterday as Mr Varoufakis officially quit following Greece’s rejection of austerity demands from its European creditors.

“Obviously, responsibilities come with everything – I imagine everyone will agree,” she began.

“[And] one thing I would say to Yanis Varoufakis, looking at his motorbike and his wife on the back of it today, without a helmet, is that it is reckless in the extreme, not alone on economic policy but in respect of his wife’s health as well.

As Eurozone finance ministers scramble to deal with the fallout of Greece’s rejection of their bailout terms, a number of senators asked Ms Keane to “get a little perspective” following her remarks.

Independent senator David Norris was among those who took umbrage at Ms Keane’s comment, saying they were “utter rubbishy politically-correct twaddle.”

However, Ms Keane insisted she was making an important point about leading by example.

She said: “I should be blaming the wife? He should carry a helmet for [her] in his boot.”

Earlier today, Greece officials presented a three-year loan programme to their European counterparts, and insisted the bailout would be accompanied by major economic reforms.

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