It’s like history repeats itself as once more Greece surrenders to Germany.
Last time it was 1941, but 2015 sees the radical leftists in SYRIZA capitulate to Germany, this time economically.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has warned of “real difficulties” ahead, as his government faces a Monday deadline to submit a list of reforms to lenders, demanded by Germany!
Under a deal agreed on Friday, the list must be approved by the international creditors in order for Greece to secure a mere four-month extension of its bailout. “We won a battle, not the war,” Mr Tspiras said on Saturday. The deal is widely regarded as a major climb down for the PM, who won power vowing to reverse budget cuts. He hailed the agreement as a “decisive step” that “achieved much” towards ending austerity, but added: “We have a long and difficult road ahead.” The BBC’s Mark Lowen in Athens says the government is engaged in a hard sell to the Greek people over the deal with eurozone ministers and the IMF in Brussels.
So, when Tspiras says he has won the battle, he means he has lost it. UNLESS he agrees to provide written commitment to reforms by Monday, the Greek banks will be out of cash by Friday. He has no choice to agree. Don’t get me wrong! I think he should tell the EU to take a hike and LEAVE. But he wants to tell them to take a hike and STAY and that is impossible. So, as we speak he is spinning like made, trying to retail defeat as victory. Politicans are all very good at that so he may succeed short-term but somehow or another Greece will either end up doing Berlin’s bidding or else it will re-assert itself as an INDEPENDENT and sovereign Nation.
It looks like everyone’s been shopping, or whatever it is that people do on a Saturday. Have yourselves an Open Thread then. In a nod to what I’ll be doing soon, it’s an Open Thread decorated with the Hochdorf drinking horn, dated to 530BC. Found in a Celtic grave (this is a grave reconstruction; clearly he has everything necessary for life in the Otherworld) in what’s now Germany, it could hold almost ten pints of what I suppose was mead. Now that’s a man’s horn.
Tell us what you know –
The thing which I wish to put across is to ask why we are not exporting more of the same to Syria, where hopefully the efficient Security and Military infrastructure of the admirable Assad Government can target them best?
My own opinion of these three deluded clowns? Three less to worry about!
Well then, been a very busy day so just catching up now.
Last week, I seemed to have caused a certain furore amongst my haters out there when I appeared on the BBC Nolan TV Show and suggested that a/ Those who do not work must not receive more in Benefits than those who do and b/ Many people with mental disabilities (such as my brother) manage to haul themselves out of bed and get to work. I noticed that a small group of these trolls were demanding the BBC instantly banish me to obscurity. Letters of complains were written albeit if in crayon.
Anyhoo, I appear on National BBC1 TV on Sunday morning on the “The Big Questions”! I will be debating the above question and you ALL know where I stand on these matters. I hope UK readers will tune in – it goes out LIVE at 10.00am on Sunday morning. I do hope my haters will hop on the outrage express and complain a little more as I enjoy the UK wide audience.
Because Friday night is Music Night
Someone probably knocked off early today, but it wasn’t me. It’s hungry and thirsty work keeping the government in my dosh. Anyway, it’s a magic thing, how music takes you back. Cast’s Mother Nature Calls was one of the few CDs I had with me when I lived in Rome. This and Paul Weller’s Stanley Road were played endlessly, usually with the shutters open and the sun streaming in, so any track from either album always takes me back there. I can even smell the city again listening to this.
As always, feel free to share your fav sounds, new or old –
I wonder who agrees with this?
President Obama defended his administration’s approach to the terror threat at a White House summit Wednesday, standing by claims that groups like the Islamic State do not represent Islam — as well as assertions that job creation could help combat extremism. Obama, addressing the Washington audience on the second day of the summit, said the international community needs to address “grievances” that terrorists exploit, including economic and political issues. He stressed that poverty alone doesn’t cause terrorism, but “resentments fester” and extremism grows when millions of people are impoverished. “We do have to address the grievances that terrorists exploit including economic grievances,” he said.
So. those burning fellow human beings alive are concerned about their economy? Seriously?
Incredible but unsurprising.
Obama has proven himself out of his depth in even UNDERSTANDING why the Jihad boys attack us. It follows that he is unable to contrive a meaningful respond to the threat facing our civilisation.
I had to chuckle at this.
Yesterday, it was revealed that the shadow Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has agreed to have the Irish version of its name appear above the English name on its new logo. SDLP and Sinn Fein are also backing plans to implement the policy throughout Northern Ireland. It could see three new nationalist super councils – Fermanagh and Omagh, Derry and Strabane, and Mid Ulster – adopting the same policy for their logo for corporate stationary and vehicles.
So, here we have these new Councils, dominated by Irish Nationalists, specifically choosing to lavish rate payers money on the elevation of the IRISH language on all Council signage. This is a purely POLITICAL move, aimed at rubbing the noses of Unionists in it. And it gives the Irish language game away for what it is – namely the weaponising of a language into a political assault weapon. It’s such a shame of course, and an utter disgrace given how FEW people in these areas actually speak Irish. Given the poor command some Nationalist politicians have of English, I would have thought they might try mastering that first before moving on to slaughter another language. Still – it’s Irish uber ales.
Well, are you surprised to read this breaking news?
Germany has rejected a Greek request for a six-month extension to its eurozone loan programme, after earlier signs that a compromise was possible. Greece had sought a six-month assistance package, rather than a renewal of the existing deal that comes with tough austerity conditions. However, a German finance ministry spokesman said it was “not a substantial proposal for a solution”.
If there is NOT an extension, Greek Banks will run out of cash by Monday. The ball is back in the Syriza court!