By: EDUARDO OLIVEIRA COSTA
Eduardo Oliveira Costa is a journalist and publisher of several newspapers across Portugal. He is on the board of several organisations, is president of a football club, and has a keen interest in the press, among other media, and the business environment.
THERE WAS a time when our state decided to make a policeman of every citizen. For free!
Now, the tax authority wants to make of every bride and groom their police man and woman!
To such an extent that they are invited to inform if other couples were also cutting their wedding cake at the same restaurant as they were celebrating their marriage!
Of course it’s difficult to believe that the young love birds have the ability to look round and see what is going on around them while they exchange a passionate kiss!
Also, an incentive should not be given to the young couple starting their life together to worry about their neighbours or to meddle in the affairs of others.
It is understandable that the tax authority should ask newly weds to say where they had their party. But, to invite them to become informers is a bit too much.
Don’t you think it’s just as ridiculous that young couples should inform how much the wedding dress cost and who offered it? Well, in the name of good manners, one is not supposed to ask how much a gift cost.
Henceforth perhaps the tax authority also wants to know how much the friends of the couple paid for the traditional selling of the groom’s tie. Or how much money was made from the lifting of the bride’s skirt? Up to the garter! And who paid and how much for each centimetre?
They will probably have to evaluate the quality of the bride’s leg, to check that the price paid was correct!
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