Thursday, 19 November 2009

Families

There is the semi-romantic semi-nostalgic image of the cosy Mafia families, with their Dons that so much entertained us on the silver or shiny glass screens.

Then there are family values and family-centric policies of Governments and employers and whatnot. There are the Dynasties that filled pages of our history books in school years and beyond.

Then there are families that are much alike those illustrious (and/or sometimes bloody) Dynasties and surface in Romanian public, political and business life. Maybe not as romantic as the ones on silver screens or silver discs in our film collections...

The most recent and bordering-on-hilarity revelation comes from the reputable University of Iasi, where there are seven families employed at its Faculty of Biology. Out of the 62 staff members, 15 are related...

To add a particularly beautiful example of how Romanian legislation, rules etc. are in direct contradiction with everyday reality (namely laws and rules are simply worth the paper they are written on), the University in question has actually voted at the end of 2008 an internal rule which was 'anti-Dynasty'... in virtual unanimity...

Similar situation exists in the city of my former student years, Cluj - here the Faculty of Chemistry has a nice cloud of Dynasties on its staff list.

It would be very depressing to go beyond a few examples of such institutions who pay those salaries from public money... the list would be immense.

Just a few gems, as one can't resist: the National Civil Aeronautic Authority is riddled with close relatives holding high-powered jobs, including Tarom (the national airline company) and Romania's major airports. Young lads, who just took some exam or other, have been immediately put in co-pilot jobs... no comment.

National Energy Regulatory body is no different, nor is EnergoNuclear or Transelectrica, which are preoccupied with nationwide energy distribution and nuclear energy matters...

It is particularly interesting to follow the Dons and their Dynasties in such organisations and companies that spend public money and also in many cases are directly impacting public safety & welfare.

So we can return, in order for us to safeguard our health and reduce blood pressure, to the nostalgic cinematic imagery of families... and not peel any more layers from this wonderful giant onion...

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