Friday, 10 July 2015
Greek crisis proposals in full
I had a feeling the way this would go when watching the footage of the European Parliament session. As Tsipras listened carefully to Belgian socialist firebrand Guy Verhofstadt you could see the solidarity on his face; the 'Hof' told him to reform more, to open markets, downsize the public sector, end the privileges of the shipowners, the military, the Islands, the Orthodox church. And above all, Verhofstadt urged, he must end political corruption in Greece - corruption in which Syriza was a fully playing party, corruption that saw public positions awarded to party members, and parties continuing to get loans and cash from banks that were bankrupt. I imagine it was the sort of lecture the PM of the Polish Socialist Soviet Republic used to get when visiting Moscow.
As Farage spoke, on the other hand, urging Tsipras towards Grexit, his Hellenic face set in the granite obstinacy of the far left. You saw Tsipras the socialist demagogue, not Tsipras the saviour of the Greek people. It was clear then that Tsipras' loyalty to the EU monster would outweigh his responsibility to the Greek people - from his face it was clear that he would sell Greece down the river for one of Verhofstadt's toothy grins.
And so it seems this morning as details emerge of even more austerity in return for no real reduction in Greece's unsustainable debt burden; Hollande's technocrats have found a way of kicking the Greek can down a road for another kilometer or two, keeping the Federasts, the global Corporates and the US political-industrial complex happy. The only people who may not be happy are the poor sods of ordinary Greeks - who always have to pay in the end.