How refreshing that the poverty-driven Greek public have stuck their tongue out at the formal conservative/liberal parties that delivered crushing austerity measures in their bid to pay back the 320 billion euro debt (approximately £245billion) to the EU and International Monetary Fund.
The new anti-austerity Syriza party, victors of Sunday’s Greek general election, want to stop the six-year recession in that country. They suggest erasing most of Greece’s debt – in the same way Germany’s debt was eradicated in 1953 – by investing 12 million euros in the country’s economy, ease unemployment where one in four are already out of work due to austerity cuts, create 3,000 jobs in the private and public sector – and raise the minimum wage.
First on the hit list is the minority rich and influential Greek oligarch news and media owners who use propaganda for their own financial gain.
Does this sound good to you?
Looking inward, Borders town shops and other businesses are closing down, resulting in unemployment for staff and clearance sales.
There is also youth despondency, increasing drink and drug problems, growing food bank collections, cuts in council services and more on the way, “new” “modern” apprenticeship wages at £2.61 an hour for our young people, more NHS and education staff off work due to stress and overwork, and a benefits system which requires a law degree to understand how to access.
In addition, the NHS is being outsourced to private health care that the public purse is paying for, with MPs benefiting as shareholders, and American pharmaceutical companies dying to get their hands on this lucrative British market, and plans for fracking the beauty out of Scotland to benefit the purses of the rich trans-national organisations which have landed the contracts – not the public purse.
Will we wait six years before we take the same line as Greece?
Britain is £1.43trillion in debt, substantially more than Greece. Can we afford to pay it off at £193million a month for the next six years?
If the Syrzia party stood in Scotland now, would you be like the Greeks and vote them in? I can’t wait to see what the Greeks do next.
(secretary, Borders Scottish Socialist Party)