3 thoughts on “What have the Swiss ever done for us?”

  1. Posted 17/05/2018 at 19:09 | Permalink

    There is something about the Swiss !i first discovered it as a young boy going on holiday with my parents ,and skiing with the school ,i gained the Swiss bronze and silver proficiency medal ;and i felt ²then somehow attache to the country ,.Later i went to an agricultural college at Bern ,which is twinned with my English college several times , and i felt always that this is a place i would like to call home .But life overtakes and i made my career in agricultural management in the UK ,But i have always taken a vital interest in anything Swiss and now i live in Normandy ,so i suppose the UK for me has always been lacking in that “something ” ,But never mind ,perhaps next time round ,i shall choose to be in the Swiss alpine region herding cows there ,i am now72 .The moral is follow your gut feeling not your head Cheers Cliff Longlands

  2. Posted 21/05/2018 at 17:57 | Permalink

    The “bogeyman” of US health care? That’s a joke. We get the best care in the world, and I know it from personal experience – 5 operations in the last 11 years, all successful, and hardly a dime out of my pocket.

  3. Posted 01/06/2018 at 12:36 | Permalink

    Yes, there is much to admire in Switzerland and it is certainly a very good example to use when arguing against the standard, wearisome British prejudices against the private sector, wealth accumulation, profit etc etc. But as far as I understand it, the Swiss housing market is kept affordable – just about – by restricting purchases by non-Swiss. And the relatively high price level worried the Swiss monetary authorities enough for them to try (unsuccessfully) to peg the SFr exchange rate. Moreover, the Swiss are caught in the same dilemma as all the other West European economies (incl UK) – they want immigration so as to remain competitive, but are unwilling to tolerate the cultural impact, which is very visible in the Swiss cities. So – successful, yes, but no miracles!

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