After Sunday’s “No” vote in Greece I thought I’d note down a few thoughts on the matter.
Now: the majority of decisions regarding the economy and immigration are undertaken in Europe by 28 national governments, each beholden to its own voters and taxpayers.
That makes us, the voters and taxpayers, equally responsible for what happens to Greece next.
Greece’s current austerity measures are demoralising and inhumane; the kind that leave people starving, homeless and even more financially dependent than before. The state of the Greek people now, at the end of their tether and facing awful uncertainty, is a grotesque consequence of the monetary ruthlessness of big European power players.
With Greece careening towards bankruptcy in early 2010, was it an entirely wise idea to lend them huge amounts of money with almost entirely unrealistic expectations of how they would be repaid?
The austerity that has had Greece in a chokehold is to blame for the continuation of its problems, as is the inevitable series of historically tested bad decisions made by its creditors. Between us we have created this mess. Political greed has created this mess. It's our responsibility to resolve it together.
And by that I don’t mean by isolating and bullying a nation out of the EU for failing to do the impossible.