Should Varoufakis keep his speaker’s fees?

Asks The Telegraph.

The answer is obvious: yes.

An email from an agent of the London Speaker Bureau, published by Proto Thema, an Athens weekly, said that Mr Varoufakis now charges $60,000 (£40,000) for one speech given “outside of Europe”. The sacked minister has a sliding scale of fees, according to the email. Mr Varoufakis will speak anywhere inside Europe for $5,000 (£3,000) – and he will give a university lecture for $1,500 (£1,000).
“The man who contributed to the Greek economy’s catastrophe by obstructing talks with international creditors and leading the country to capital controls is making a mint,” said Proto Thema.
The email reminds anyone thinking of booking Mr Varoufakis that he would also “require business class travel, accommodation, airport and ground transfers, meals and incidentals”.

We’re all absolutely delighted when an out of office politician makes an honest living. It reduces the chances of his trying to make a dishonest one while in office.

2 thoughts on “Should Varoufakis keep his speaker’s fees?”

  1. Agreed, except I wonder what percentage of his fees is coughed up by the taxpayer. Is he speaking to private companies, or publicly-funded universities, government bodies, and NGOs?

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