Thursday 23 November 2017

Brendan Keenan: Only radical political change can make euro sustainable

RENDER unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's must be one of the best-known phrases in the language. It is perhaps less well known, in these irreligious times, that the original complaint was about tax.

Not unlike certain folk in Greece and Ireland, the ancient Jews regarded paying taxes as a sin. In their defence, the taxes were being paid to the Roman occupier, and a Roman tax collector made Phil Hogan look like a cuddly toy.

The famous answer to their complaint has to do with the fact that the tax was paid in Roman coinage, and Caesar's head was on the coins.

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