By David Vance On July 3rd, 2015 at 11:20 am
I haven’t been to Greece in decades but it is a very popular summer destination with British people – with around 2 million people going there. But it looks like it is going to be a long hot summer in all sorts of ways…
British holidaymakers in Greece will be unable to buy food or medicine within days if a deal is not reached to reopen the banks, the head of a leading business body has warned. Constantine Michalos, president of Athens Chamber of Commerce, said there could be “shortages on the shelves” by early next week and tourists could be left without “basics”. Mr Michalos warned that shops will begin to close on Friday and not reopen because they are unable to import products due to the bank closures.
Is this scaremongering in order to procure the YES result in the Sunday Referendum? There is a legal challenge to that Referendum being held in the Greek Courts today and the Council of Europe is unhappy at the way it is being conducted. But if there is a NO vote – what then?
We live in interesting times.
By David Vance On July 3rd, 2015 at 11:00 am
I tweeted this image and it seems to have gained a fair bit of traction.
It is exactly as I see welfarism. It robs people of the work ethic, of the dignity of providing for themselves, and it mires them in a wasted life. It becomes like a drug and they fear its removal. THAT is why a civilised society strips welfare to the bare basics and encourages people INTO employment.
By David Vance On July 3rd, 2015 at 10:48 am
This is how Germany views the situation in Greece. It says give me the money or I shoot.
By David Vance On July 3rd, 2015 at 10:45 am
As some on this site recognise, this was inevitable.
By David Vance On July 3rd, 2015 at 10:37 am
In a few hours time, at 12 noon, the UK is asked to observe a minute’s silence to remember all those people murdered on a Tunisian beach by an Islamist killer just one week ago. We can all feel the pain that the families must be going through and offer a small prayer to ease their suffering. However, I have to be honest and say that I disagree with this silence. To me, it rather smacks of a distraction from our national impotence – it is the silence of inaction. Our Government does not know what to do about Islamic State, beyond seeking to call it a different name. So we stand in silence – and the Islamists grow bolder and more encouraged at our total failure to deal with them. The Prime Minister has explained that IS has nothing to do with the “great religion” of Islam. I suggest we will need more than minute to fix that grand delusionalism.
By David Vance On July 3rd, 2015 at 10:22 am
Bit of a scandal looming here!
A top Northern Ireland law firm had £7m in a bank account “reportedly earmarked for a politician” after a major property deal, it has been claimed.
The sensational allegation was made in the Irish parliament by independent member Mick Wallace against the Belfast law firm, Tughans. Last night Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt stated that if the allegations were proven to be true, they represented corruption “on a previously unimaginable scale”. And TUV leader Jim Allister said he would table an urgent Assembly question to ask the First and Deputy First Minister what steps they would propose “so that these matters can be adequately investigated”.
It appears from a statement made by Tughans that there is something to this;
Tughans has denied Mr Wallace’s allegations. But in a statement released last night the company has said that a former partner did divert money into a bank account. It said the partner had since left the firm.
So, lots of obvious questions. Where did the money come from? How did it get to the off-shore bank? And – WHO is the politician that it was ‘ear-marked” for?
By David Vance On July 2nd, 2015 at 8:39 pm
Hahaha. Nobody believes Grisly Adams these days!
The DUP has accused Gerry Adams of rewriting recent history after he claimed Stormont is “hanging by a thread” and laid the blame squarely at the unionist party’s feet. Last night Mr Adams warned that the “future of the political structures created by the Good Friday Agreement hangs by a thread”.
In the 17 years since it was achieved the Agreement has faced many challenges, but Tory austerity cuts – which have left a gaping £600m hole in Stormont’s budget – “represents the gravest threat yet to the political institutions”, he said in a newspaper column. The DUP is “still refusing to honour the Agreement on social security protection safeguards and the newly elected British Government intends to impose further cuts of £25 billion to public spending”, he added.
Adams bluff is called. Stormont won’t collapse. Instead all that collapses is the tissue of deceit the IRA godfather spews forth.
By David Vance On July 2nd, 2015 at 8:32 pm
Good read here on the SNP’s strange attraction and support of Syriza nihilism.
“Authentic nationalists, serious about self-reliant nations thriving, would be urging Greece to cut a velvet deal with the EU so that it can break free from the Euro straitjacket and revive its economic fortunes, free of long-range diktats. Instead, in a superficial and self-serving intervention, Scotland’s separatist-in-chief, Nicola Sturgeon has pleaded for an 11th hour deal. A compromise to keep Greece in the Euro is, apparently, imperative:
“…a “Grexit” would have consequences that would potentially be felt by all of us. It would undermine the credibility and integrity of the single currency, even in countries with much stronger economies than Greece, and could also weaken the European Union..”
And Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party, is clear about what this compromise would entail: an end to austerity and investment to promote growth.
The word ‘reform’ is thrown in as a sop but it is obvious that, just like Syriza, she favours the paternalist big state, reliant on injections of capital from Germany and, if the IMF is involved, from numerous non-European nations as well.
It’s lunatic. In essence Greece (and an SNP independent Scotland) give up the powers of a Nation State, have their economics policies set in Brussel (AKA Berlin) and rely on transfers of cash in exchange for subservience.