More and more, Greece is being vilified as the enemy of European unity, the weakest link in an otherwise world-class currency and caricatured as lazy and feckless. This wave of enmity is beginning to serve but one purpose, lining the fingers up in one direction. While Europe points in one unified direction they can avert the scorn from themselves.
The Greek people are not lazy or, indeed, feckless. Yes, they do like their afternoon nap but they will then return to work until 9 or 10 in the evening. They are as hard-working as anyone in Europe, go on have a look round your office or place of work now, how many are skivers? What are you doing? Reading my blog that’s what! As for feckless, well they managed to pull the wool over Brussels’ eyes, didn’t they?
I spoke to a friend yesterday who told me of his chronic insomnia, “How can you sleep with all this going on?” thing is, this isn’t the first person who has told me this. Since I started haunting my own house I have discovered that I’m far from alone.
It is a convenient oversimplification to say that Greece is bringing down the Euro, it was a flawed plan from the beginning, synchronising such diverse economic strategies was always going to be a tough challenge. It is not Greek laziness or fecklessness that is at the root of an economic avalanche that could, possibly, destabilise even the Dollar. Let us remember that Lehman Bros was brought down by some of the smartest suits in Wall street, Iceland was bankrupt without a siesta or a moustache in sight.
The clever suits’ austerity measures are not working and the same people are telling us that we have to bite down a bit harder.
There is no more faith and precious little hope, all we see at the end of the tunnel is a toll. The managers aren’t managing but we’ve all known that for ages.
Some of you who regularly look me up will have notice that I’ve been a bit lax, well, I’m back.
Come back soon to find out the fate of our own feckless revolutionary, will he finally take office or is he doomed to wear football gloves in the prison showers.