Grand delusions of royal restoration

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by Barry Everingham

David Flint's obsession with all things German is becoming serious. He thinks the Greeks are going to reinstate their own German royals. Barry Everingham is worried that he is completely losing it.

DAVID FLINT is at it again - he's drooling over the former King of Greece, who was tossed  out by the Greek people and stripped of his power.

Flint reports on his blog that there was something like an outpouring of support for the former king and queen as they strolled along an Athens Street. It was pure Flint day dreaming  and hyperbole.

The former royals came across a bunch of truck drivers striking for better pay - they spotted the couple and said "come back". Some outpouring!

Constantine II: delusions of grandeur

Constantine is a bit like poor old Flint - he suffers from delusions of grandeur.

Just like their English relations, the Greek royals are fact Constantine's mother Frederika of Hanover was a Nazi and the Greeks hated her. Ring a bell, David?

By the way, the family's name is Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg - and for the life of me, I can't recall seeing anything under that name  in the Athens telephone directory.

Constantine was an unpopular monarch, so much so the Colonels of the Greek army ousted him in 1967. In 1974 a referendum confirmed that the Greeks wanted a republic and got one.  The king has never abdicated so he's the "pretender" to the throne.

David Flint will clutch at any royal straw to grab a story - and what he writes is so last century it's pathetic.  
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