Sunday, 25 September 2011

They Were Warned

Richard North has often blogged about the coming reckoning in language that upsets his more sensitive readers; in short that if the current political situation continues to deteriorate then the people will rise up and slaughter the politicians:
But we must not talk of killing these people ... to do so could be construed as an arrestable offence - and it upsets some of our more sensitive readers. We, the little people, should instead smile and be grateful that we have such towering figures looking after our interests, for such a pittance. You know it makes sense.
Yet in the Daily Telegraph (by a BBC reporter no less), titled The Greek tragedy: no money, no hope, the Greeks are openingly talking about just such actions as their day-to-day situation becomes ever more desperate:

"Some days we only buy the basics and a few days lately we were not able to buy even those. We have to count our cents to decide between buying bread, milk or butter," says Mary.

"Some days are better, but some are difficult. We don't buy clothes any more. People don't go out. There is simply no money around out there."

And it's what's happening in living rooms like Mary's that presents the bigger danger to the future of Greece reports the Telegraph. People in Greece are switching off: from politics, from the mass media, from social life:

"We would like to see the politicians executed," says Maria, not smiling as she delivers the joke. "Most people are saying this: politicians deserve capital punishment – at the Greek equivalent of Traitors' Gate. It would be a nice time for politicians to be heroes, to stand up and defend the people. But they're not."

"We can't watch the television news any more," says Dmitris, shaking his head. "...Perhaps it's fortunate that we've had to cancel our cable TV subscription. I don't trust the media any more: I get all my news from the internet."

Greece is collapsing and it's rapidly reaching a toxic combination of no work, soaring crime, shortages of food and medicine and an angry population with nothing to lose:
As a result Greek politicians have started to worry about something called "anomie" – a pervasive listlessness, low-level social conflict and the erosion of bonds between the country's citizens and the state.

You can read it in the figures: suicides have soared by 40 per cent in a year. Thefts and break-ins almost doubled between 2007 and 2009. Hostility to migrants – their arrival ignored during the good times after entry into the EU and the euro – has become widespread and unconcealed.

At the doors of small charities, queues of single men – ranging from Iraqis to Somalis to Nepalese – form in the early morning to receive free food or medical treatment. Now, to their intense anger, some Greeks are being forced to join these queues: 39 per cent of the country's under 24s are unemployed.

Despite the unsustainable situation in Greece due to previous bailout measures, the EU, in order to save their faces, want to impose even more austerity onto the Greek people. The consequences of which have very gloomy parallels:
What's been obvious, each time, is the ordinariness of the people involved – bank clerks, interior designers, even a concert pianist once, their faces painted with alkaline liquid against the sting of the gas.

But it is this seething anger of those who have never been on a demo that is really frightening - because we have no model for what happens if the middle class of a developed country simply switches off from politics and gives up hope.

Not since the 1930s, anyway.

All of which has been entirely predictable; removing sovereignty, creating an artificial currency and removing people's ability to throw out incompetent governments via the ballot box always leaves only one option.

They were warned, they chose to ignore those warnings. Now they must suffer the consequences.


  1. "39 per cent of the country's under 24s are unemployed."

    40% in rural UK. We're not that far apart, certainly, if things go to shit, we won't be. Fine article. What a pickle.

  2. Every snivel servant in the Foreign Office should be tried for Treason and be put on the block, their head displayed on the battlements at the Tower of London for all to see.

  3. Yes weep for the pampered Greek nation, which wants someone else to pay for their pampered welfare state and restrictive practices. Anyone but them.

  4. @Elby the Beserk, Thanks,

    @Anon I'm not sure there's enough room in the Tower tbh. ;-)

    @John Page, There's a difference between cutting back the state and screwing the country completely into the ground by an unelected elite. As the Telegraph article makes clear it's the hard working Greeks (and yes there are some) that are paying the price, Those essential public workers like teachers etc who've not been paid for months or owners of small businesses:

    Dmitris Andreou made the last sale out of his small estate agents business in June. His wife Mary, makes her living preparing high-school students for English exams.

    So yes I do weep for them. It's not their fault.

  5. Yep, it's going down all right and the pollies will get it but the ones behind the pollies will escape again because no one recognizes them as major players.

  6. For James Higham - If the polticians choose to do the bidding of the 'ones' behind the scenes rather than the people who elected them, then they deserve everything they get. I have zero sympathy for them. They're all part of the same rotten, thieving cabal.


  7. And when the minion class start to take the brunt of the wrath of the people who've been screwed just watch as they turn on the hands that control the leash! It will be a bloody nightmare but one that has been a long time coming.