"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Events Move On In Greece

The so-called troika of the ECB/IMF & EU may think it's okay to hold off on giving Greece the next tranche of the bailout 'loan' but time and financial markets don't wait, not even for such important people.

The Greek Armed Forces have now entered the fray with retired officers taking over the Ministry of Defence and with the professional body charged with representing current Armed Forces issuing a warning that the 'military’s confidence in the “intentions of the state” regarding their pensions has been “shaken”.'
Amid a wider protest of some 2000 officers, around 300 stormed the building as the crowd shouted “down with the Pasok junta” - referring to the governing social democratic party.
As the article points out, this comes on top of protests by the Police force last week. If things continue as they are, and there's no reason to expect otherwise, and given the reputation of Greece's Armed Forces, it isn't beyond the realms of possibility that a coup could be in the offing.

EU Observer

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This morning's newspapers all seem to know what will be in Cameron's speech to Conference this afternoon. If it's true that he's telling people to pay off their credit cards and rein in their personal debt, he's setting himself up for a fall. No matter how sensible the advice, it isn't always possible and the press will be all over him this evening.  When there are reports that many people are having to use the cards to pay utility and food bills comments like this will be seen as insensitive and out of touch at best.
As reported by the BBC, he will address the issue of the UK's deficit reduction by saying:
"This was no normal recession; we're in a debt crisis. It was caused by too much borrowing, by individuals, businesses, banks and - most of all - governments.
"The only way out of a debt crisis is to deal with your debts. That means households - all of us - paying off the credit card and store card bills."
New Statesman

UPDATE: According to the Daily Politics, that part of Cameron's speech has been re-written after gauging the reactions coming in. Instead of saying that households "should" pay off their debts, it's changed to households "are" paying off their debts. Subtle, eh!

6 comments:

  1. So if Cameron gives us all our money back to settle our debts, rather than the banks, surely problem sorted?

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  2. :-) Yes, if consumer spending will get us out of the mess, he just needs to give everyone a couple of thousand each to spend - it wd be cheaper than pinching our money via taxes and bailing out banks/eu/imf and so on.

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  3. GV he's so fragged. He is so fragged. I wouldn't bother giving the swine a bottle of whiskey and a Webley. In fact I'd hand the mocker futher over to the Afghan tribes and let their women folks about him.

    TRAITOR!!!!!

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  4. Hi Incoming, that's strong for you. It's a weird world - on one level we're talking about fragging and on another his zero chances of re-election. Whichever way, he's blown it short of a miracle.

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  5. Seen in the comments on Porter's article:

    "I owe billions on my credit card, but I also love giving millions of pounds away to charity (mainly overseas stuff). What does he recommend I do?"

    I hope our PR spiv PM read that. Not that it would change anything - except the PR tack he takes.

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  6. Cameron's just confirmed to the country that he's not the man we need, Fausty. They say hope springs eternal but all I can see is confrontation now - not based on left/right but people/state. I hope I'm right because this pustulent boil needs to be lanced.

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