Syriza: Greek Revolution Against Corruption

Sunday evening BBC reporting hard left. Once the count was in, this had softened to radical left.

Left-Right is meaningless. The mainstream media do not get it. That we are dealing with something different, revolution, handing power to the grass roots.

Imagine if Occupy St Paul’s were forming the next government after the May 2015 General Election, then you begin to get it.

The chance to vote for a party that represents people, not as we have in the UK, a vote for Tweedledee or Tweedledum, whose turn is it to represent Big Business.

Syriza is not a choice between corporate controlled capitalism or state controlled capitalism, it is transference of power to the people.

The Greeks are against EU and all that it stands for, but not against fellow Europeans.

It is the most exciting thing we have seen for a generation, and why David Cameron and his ilk are scared.

We are not in it all together, we have seen transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich and it is those who have benefited the most from austerity, those who fund the parties and pull their strings, the corporate tax dodgers who fear Syriza spreading across Europe. The people deciding, enough is enough.

Tories are in favour of austerity, ToryLite aka Labour are in favour of austerity, LibDems will say anything to hang on to power.

We need to:

  • get dirty money out of politics
  • stop fracking
  • kill The Infrastructure Bill
  • devolve power to the people
  • renationalise the railways
  • establish locally controlled, locally owned power grids
  • break up the banks
  • force corporate tax dodgers to pay their fare share of tax

We also need to act to stop the revolution in Greece being killed at birth. This means we across Europe make it very clear the Greeks have our full support, we will not tolerate interference or bullying by outside forces, be they EU, Germany, global corporations, banks and any others who have used austerity as an excuse for Shock Doctrine, slash and burn of public services, cuts to welfare, sell off of public assets.

Please sign the petition to the EU, demanding that they respect the wishes of the Greek people.

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3 Responses to “Syriza: Greek Revolution Against Corruption”

  1. keithpp Says:

    Greece has acquired an unlikely ally.

    A couple of days ago, the Governor of the Bank of England warned Germany to back off, and said austerity was not working.

  2. keithpp Says:

    The EU jackboot, with Made in German written on the sole, has been stamped across the face of every Greek and Cypriot.

    Syriza has shown, it is not going to back down in the face of German and EU bullying.

    Syriza is now in the vanguard in the fight against austerity, against the EU and its corporate neo-liberal agenda, the transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich, for participatory democracy not the sham democracy we now have.

    The sham democracy was best illustrated a couple of days ago, a childish slanging match in the House of Commons between David Cameron, and Ed Miliband, Tories v TotyLite, Tweedledee v Tweedledum, a pantomime that bears no resemblance to the lives of ordinary people.

    The pantomime not news, and yet top of the mainstream news agenda, as would never do to show alternatives, alternatives that are working.

  3. keithpp Says:

    Contrary to expectations, Mr Tsipras has not resiled from a long list of campaign pledges that breach the terms of Greece’s EU-IMF Troika Memorandum and therefore put the country on a collision course with Brussels and Berlin.

    He told his cabinet he is willing to negotiate on demands for debt relief but will not abandon core promises. “We will not seek a catastrophic solution, but neither will we consent to a policy of submission,” he said.

    If anything, he is upping the ante, going into coalition with a nationalist party even more hostile to the Troika, clearly gambling that Germany and the creditor powers will not let monetary union break apart at this late stage having already committed €245bn (£183bn), for to do so would shatter the illusion that the eurozone crisis has been solved.

    “We will immediately stop any privatisation,” said Panagiotis Lafazanis, leader of the Marxist Left Platform, the biggest bloc in the Syriza pantheon. Plans to sell the PPT power utility and the Piraeus Port have been halted. The minimum wage will be raised from €500 to €751 a month as a first order business, an explicit rejection of Troika austerity terms.

    We are witnessing a revolt. Never before have the EMU elites had to face such defiance on every front, and they have yet to experience the lacerating tongue of Yanis Varoufakis, a relentless critic of their 1930s ideology of debt-deflation and “fiscal waterboarding”.

    Mr Varoufakis told me before becoming finance minister that Syriza will not capitulate even if the European Central Bank threatens to cut off €54bn of liquidity for the Greek banking system, a move that would force Greece to nationalise the banks, impose capital controls, and reintroduce the drachma within days.

    “A freshly elected government cannot allow itself to be intimidated by threats of Armageddon,” he said. His first act in office today was to announce that 600 cleaners in the finance ministry will regain their jobs, paid for by cutting financial advisers.

    Whether you are “staunchly” Left or “unashamedly” Right — as the BBC characterises opinion — it is hard not to feel a welling sympathy for this revolt. If it takes a neo-Marxist like Alexis Tsipras to confront the elemental folly of EMU crisis strategy, so be it.

    The suggestion that Syriza is retreating from “reform” is laughable. There has been no reform. The two dynastic parties in charge of Greece for three decades have treated the state as a patronage machine and seem unable to shake the habit.

    At least Syriza are outsiders. Mr Varoufakis has vowed to smash the “rent-seeking” kleptocracy that have turned state procurement into an enrichment scam. “We will destroy the bases which they built for decade after decade,” he said.

    What Syriza is really retreating from is a scorched-earth austerity regime that has cut investment by 63.5pc, caused a 26pc fall in GDP, pushed the youth jobless rate to 62pc, and sent debt spiralling up to 177pc of GDP.

    We have witnessed “The Rape of Greece”, to borrow the title of a new book by Nadia Valavani, suddenly catapulted into power as deputy finance minister. IMF officials privately agree. The fund confesses that the Troika fatally under-estimated the violence of the fiscal multiplier.

    It is true that Athens lied about the true state of public finances in the years leading up to the crisis, but this is a distraction in macro-economic terms. The flood of French, German, Dutch, and British capital into Greece was so vast that the drama would have unfolded in much same way even if Greek politicians had been angels. The greater lie was the silent complicity of the whole eurozone in allowing a deformed monetary union to incubate disaster.

    What has happened to Greece since then is a moral scandal. Leaked documents from the IMF board confirm the country needed debt relief at the outset. This was blocked by the EU for fear it would set off contagion at a time when the eurozone did not have a lender-of-last resort. Greece was sacrificed to buy time for the euro.

    The EU-IMF-ECB Troika forced a bankrupt country to take on further loan packages, allowing foreign banks to dump their bonds on to Greek taxpayers. The IMF minutes for May 2010 said Troika loans “may be seen not as a rescue of Greece, which will have to undergo a wrenching adjustment, but as a bail-out of Greece’s private debt holders”.

    Greece has every right to demand redress. Yet Mr Tsipras faces a tortured moral choice. If he defaults, he walks away from debts owed to taxpayers in countries that are also net debtors with mass unemployment. Italy’s contribution to the Greek loan package is €41bn.

    Syriza’s manifesto — the Thessaloniki Programme — demands cancellation of “the greater part” of Greece’s public debt as occurred for Germany in 1953. It wants a broader “European Debt Conference” to restructure the debts of all southern European states.

    In this they are right. Mr Varoufakis says the eurozone will be “toast within a couple of years” unless it comes to terms with the absurdity of eurozone capital flows. Either the surpluses of the North are recycled into the South, or the bloc as whole will remain trapped in a deflationary vortex.

    Yet it is not within Syriza’s power to bring about such a broad change. The cold reality is that Athens is at war with EMU creditors.

    It is one thing to soften the terms of Greek debt repayments. It is another to overthrow the Troika altogether. “We expect them to fulfil everything that they have promised to fulfil,” said Jyrki Katainen, the EU’s economic enforcer.

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