So, the People of Greece have voted “No” to the bail-out proposals. If history is anything to go by, what will now happen is that some minor amendments will be made and there will be another referendum in a few weeks time. That is what happened re the Mastrich Treaty and what happened in Ireland. However, there is a possibility that this event is different. I’m not sure, but I would say that the Greek People have given their government instructions to refuse further ‘austerity’, since it is this very austerity which is holding back growth.
But to be perfectly honest, I haven’t the foggiest idea what has been going on. Greece hosted the Olympic Games. Everyone made fortunes except Greece, which was left with a mountain of debt. How can that be?
What I find to be astonishing is the ease with which these debts are created. What we have been seeing is the aftermath of a tsunami of debt creation. For what purpose were the debts created? Were they to build roads? Were they to build hospitals? Were they to pay for the import of Daimler buses which had been made in Germany?
Or were they to pay for excessive pension provisions, shortfalls in tax revenues, smoking ban implementation, etc? It is a strange sort of bribe which turns out to be a loan with interest.
Has Greece learnt from the Cyprus debacle? Do you remember that? Something very similar happened there. The Cypriot government over-borrowed and fell into difficulties. The EU solution was that bank account owners had to take a ‘haircut’ (lose, say, 10% of their deposits). There was hell to pay. But the Cypriot government had to accept because the run on the banks and their own perilous financial situation meant that they could not pay staff wages or pensions unless they agreed.
Did the EU Elite deliberately contrive these situations by tempting governments like Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Portugal, and, to some extent, Italy, to take on loans which they could only service via continuing growth (and, possibly, deflation of the real value of money)? Here is a quote:
“Europe will be forged in crises, and will be the sum of the solutions adopted for those crises.”
(EU founding father Jean Monnet)
Do you see? Suppose that the Cypriot crisis was deliberately contrived by overgenerous lending. When the shit hit the fan, a crisis occurred. The EU Elite solved the crisis by taking just a little more power over the Cyprus government. Greece seems to be in the same position. It was tempted to take loans. It cannot repay even the interest. The government cannot pay pensions and staff because it has no euros. Another loan is required, but that will not be granted unless a little more freedom is relinquished. What freedom? Well, it could be acquiescence with EU Health Policies. How do we know since negotiations are secret?
What was to me a real eye-opener is the ease with which the FCTC meeting in Moscow was closed to public visibility. That was a real eye-opener. It is reasonable to assume that secrecy is normal in these publicly funded organisations.
There may well be a host of conditions attached to the loans, for all we know.
But the secrecy can work both ways. For all we know, the Greek government may have agreed some sort of arrangement with Putin’s Russia. The Chech Republic is in the EU but uses its own currency – the corona. Heavens! The UK is in the EU but has its own currency. Why should not Greece revert to the drachma, for heaven’s sake? When I went to Prague, the hotel I stayed it was quite comfortable with the idea of accepting euros in payment, at a given rate of exchange. Shops also were comfortable with that idea. Why should they not be? And why is the UK so abnormal in that it does not automatically accept euros in payment at a given exchange rate? Are we backward, or something?
Why did Cameron permit the PP legislation to go through in such a rush at the last minute? Would that have happened if the policy was about school dinners? It can only be that PP was of no importance at all. Cameron tossed a scrap to the health zealots to shut them up, but it did not matter one iota. It is like hospitals having dozens of “No Smoking” signs on the outside of the hospital buildings. No one gives a toss. The hype about banning smoking on hospital grounds is just hot air – hospitals have had “No Smoking” signs all over the outside for ages. No one takes any notice. Why doesn’t the government pass a law that smoking is banned outdoors on hospital grounds with huge fines for hospitals which do not enforce the ban?
Why do we smokers not have ‘possès’ (small groups of volunteers) to call these illegal demands out? The reason is that we ought not to have to have such ‘possès’. It is like having roaming smokers on a beach where smoking is banned. It makes no sense, since nothing positive can come from it.
Defiance has to take a different form. I hope that the Greek defiance is not just a chess-like ploy – swap a pawn for a pawn. I hope that the Greek defiance is deeply entrenched in a wish not to be slaves of the EU Empire.
The Southern ‘States’, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Italy, have something which the rest of us have not. They have year-round pleasant weather almost all of the time. They need not pay vast amounts of money for central heating, which they might only use for a couple of weeks in the depths of winter. They can sit outside almost all year round and enjoy the sun. I have observed that many Spanish people are particularly fond of bread and vegetation as a staples of their diet. They seem less inclined towards sausages, fried bacon and such. There is no place for the nonsense of ‘dieticians’. Instead, hospitals provide superb cancer treatments and such.
Does the EU have a future?
Not as it is currently constituted. It needs to be completely broken up. It is stupidly costly, elitist, and interfering.
However, if States made it their business to rein back the control exerted by “EXPERTS”, there might be a chance that EU nations could adopt common ideals over time. Thus, rather than Hollande, French PM, interfering with Greece, he might stop thousands of ‘migrants’ milling about around Calais. The simple solution would be to move the camps, with English agreement, to Jersey or somewhere similar. That is, an island which is halfway between. There, these people could be given work and contribute to the economy. They could be offered transit to similar camps in the Outer Hebrides or to South Georgia, where they could make a real contribution. Or, perhaps, to Siberia, with Russian permission. Siberia is almost a continent, desperate to be opened up just as the wild west of America was. The influx of North African youths would surely jump at the chance to be pioneers in Siberia.
Thus, it is apparent that the EU is a ‘fair weather’ apparition. Should we be surprised that the Elite cannot cope with adversity other than to create further adversity?
Further, should we be surprise that the UN, the WHO, the IMF, the World Bank are all conceived as ‘perfect’? We should not be surprised since they are the creatures of The Elite.
If the UK is not careful, it too will become a Greece. Its carcase will be picked over by the vultures of the EU Elite, just as Cyprus and Greece are being pecked for every morsel of nourishment for Global Wealth.
Communism failed, and rightly so, since it reduced individuals to cyphers. The EU is Communism by another name. And yet, if it were not constituted on typical economic lines (which could have been left to the Common Market), it could have been a force for unity of European peoples. That is, that the xenophobic fears could have been assuaged. Instead, the EU is making them worse.
The EU is badly constituted. It it was up to me (!), I would start all over again. I would place the EU headquarters in Iceland. I would place the UN headquarters in Siberia. I would place the WHO headquarters in Somalia. I would place the Security Council headquarters in Libya. I would place the FCTC headquarters in the Antarctic.
The really, really important thing is that the People of Greece must hold firm. If, in their understanding, people can retire a 55 and get a pension, then they must accept the consequences. Those consequences need not be burdensome, provided that the level of pension is low. Further, it is not unlikely that pensioners will work to increase their income beyond the minimum provided by the pension. It is not for the State to interfere in such circumstances.
Greece can sort itself out. What is most important is that The Elite in the EU must be stopped from milking the People. Thus, Greece, if it remains in the EU, must demand absolute disclosure of costs, bribes, back-handers, ‘quid pro quo’s, relationships between World Bank, EU Central Bank, IMF, and demand to know to what extent those organisations act in areas which are not really within their competence. For example, what role has the World Bank in sending men to the Moon? I would suspect that the answer is ‘None’, and yet the World Bank seems to have been infiltrated by anti-smoking zealots.
How can the UN, World Bank, IMF, International Settlements Bank, EU Central Bank, etc, etc, be reformed? They cannot. They must be abolished. They must be replaced without Fanatics being on their boards. The activities of humans create the banks, and not the other way round. The other way round is slavery.