Talk about smokeblowing and backfilling

The word Drachma comes from the ancient Greek for “grasp”, which is precisely what a certain sort of Eurosceptic is doing with the chance to focus the narrative surrounding Greece.
Yet the origins of the Greek crisis lie in the dynamics of their economy and the creation of the eurozone. It is a story that tells us almost nothing about our own place in Europe. As poverty, hardship, and economic anxiety beset the world’s oldest democracy, this is not the moment or the chance to craft arguments for our own referendum on membership of the European Union. Eurosceptic attempts to forge convenient political arguments out of this episode are opportunistic and erroneous.

Yes, yes, of course.

That the vanity of the European Union and the fantasies of the federasts have entirely destroyed the economy of an advanced European nation should have no effect at all on our own consideration of the vanities of the European Union nor the fantasies of the federasts.

Of course not: who needs fucking facts when discussing politics?

2 thoughts on “Talk about smokeblowing and backfilling”

  1. Greece, an “advanced” nation? It’s a lovely country, which I’ve visited many times in the last 40 years, but it’s still borderline third world in many respects.

  2. Bloke in Costa Rica

    The world’s oldest democracy? That would be news to the Icelanders or, indeed, the ghastly old colonels who ruled the joint from 1967–1974.

    This isn’t just nitpicking; the roots of a real civic society do not run as deep in some countries of the EU as others. This isn’t getting into the notion that they’re all Turks* or Dagos and not to be trusted, you understand.

    * although, as a bloke I used to know said, “When I was 25, I looked like a Greek God. Now I just look like a Greek.”

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