Portugal, apparently jealous of Italy and Greece for getting all the bad press these days, recently learned that the autonomous region of Madeira has been lying about its debt.
Oh, did I say “lying”? Apparently the preferred phrase is “failed to report.” For three consecutive years.
Alberto João Jardim, president of the Regional Government of Madeira, first denied that there were any hidden debts. Then he said well, okay, yes there are. (Does that make the first statement a lie, or a “failure to report” all the data?) And then he said that in fact he’d known about the debts but hadn’t reported them because he knew that if he did, the evil overlord mainland Portugal would have taken even more money away from Madeira.
Finally, a truthful statement!
But after his brief fling with honesty predictably blew up in the mainland press, Jardim said that he is currently campaigning for a new term, and so he’s been on the road and talking a lot and getting tired, and ya know, things get emotional and he didn’t really mean it.
Translation: “Oh shit, I didn’t mean to tell the truth! It was an accident!”
Now that, I believe.