So… we’re still doing this, then? Okay…
The Mail on Sunday has a poll about the Greek crisis. Turns out 50% of Brits blame those evil bankers.
So the Greek government has spent money like it was going out of style for decades and now that the well has run dry, it’s the well’s fault? 11% of the Mail’s respondents blame the government, but hold on… you can’t wax lyrical about “the cradle of democracy” then turn round and blame someone else when the moussaka hits the fan. Who voted for successive profligate governments, year after year? Who told the Greek government to borrow more money than it could afford to pay back in order that they might have paid public holidays, Olympic Gameses, and Christ knows what all else?
4% of respondents blame the Greek people. Poor lambs. They never had any say in the matter at all. And it’s not as if they don’t pay those taxes they voted themselves.
Now, full disclosure: no, I don’t like “democracy”. That is to say, I don’t like calling electoral government “democracy”, because it ain’t. Electoral government is not the be-all and end-all of accountability, as I’ve said before. Plus, the bigger it gets the less accountable it is. And boy, is the Greek government ever big. But they could have voted for small-government, fiscally-responsible, liberals who would have tried to change that (reducing the tax evasion problem into the bargain, as per Laffer). They, in general, didn’t.
And still don’t. Νέα Δημοκρατία calls itself a “modern and progressive right-wing party” whose ideology is “the prevalence of free market rules with the decisive intervention of the state in favour of social justice”. EuroDave would be right at home. And even it couldn’t form a government. The Anticapitalist Left Co-operation for the Overthrow – seriously, that’s what they call themselves – got almost as many votes. The classical Liberal Alliance polled around 1%.
Counting Cats may have pulled through its recent crisis, more or less, but Greece is screwed. Screwed, I tells ya. As are we Brits if that’s our reaction to it all.