The cuckoo clock

With protectionist sentiments being expressed by politicians in any number of countries it’s interesting to note the result of a Swiss referendum “renewing an existing agreement allowing migrant workers into Switzerland and extending it to new EU members Bulgaria and Romania.” But, then again, it is Switzerland.. Longer scene below the fold.

Here’s the longer version of that scene from The Third Man.

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  • James MacLochlainn

    The Cuckoo clock was invented in the Black Forest Germany.

  • Pete Baker


    Think of it as artistic licence..

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    Swiss Cheese has a lot of holes like “artistic licence”!

  • picador

    Ah, so that’s where an Eilbhéis is? I read about the referendum on An Druma Mor but couldn’t figure out what country it was. Helvetia no less.

    And they voted yes.

    I think the rest of the EU should invade and find out what’s in their banks.

  • Dave

    So, the EU bullies another state into imposing foreign laws on its people in order to promote its brand of neo-imperialism, and the government responds by pretending that it is all its own idea:

    Brussels has made it clear the Swiss can’t pick and choose EU policies

  • Pete,

    This bloke is mounting an interesting defence of protectionism from a centre-left point of view – worth a look:

  • ZoonPol

    Don’t be so gloomy. After all it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long Holly.

    Couldn’t resist 😉

  • abucs

    Now according to James, they can’t even claim the cuckoo clocks. :o)