Another triumph for the political elite

Monday – George Papandreou, calling a referendum on the terms of the Eurozone bailout of Greece:

“We trust citizens, we believe in their judgement, we believe in their decision.

“In a few weeks the (EU) agreement will be a new loan contract… We must spell out if we are accepting it or if we are rejecting it.”

Thursday – George Papandreou calling off the referendum on the terms of the Eurozone bailout of Greece:

“The referendum was never an end in itself.

“We had a dilemma – either true assent or a referendum. I said yesterday, if the assent were there, we would not need a referendum.”

Papandreou told Sky News the referendum on the Eurozone bailout plan will no longer go ahead – and it was never his intention for it to happen.

After all his rhetoric about democracy and the need for a mandate from the people, Papandreou has demonstrated that no matter what the country, the political elite will lie, treat the people with contempt and put their personal aspirations before all else.

For a few short days the people of Greece thought democracy still lived, their views would be sought and their wishes respected. But the politicians have shown the deceitful reality once again.

Regardless of their stripe, politicians do not change their spots.

11 Responses to “Another triumph for the political elite”

  1. 1 Bill 03/11/2011 at 6:03 pm

    Everyone, me included, seems to have overlooked the fact Mr Pap is a politician, one of the alien class that currently stalks the earth. Speaking with forked tongue and moving goalposts is all in a days work for these vile people.

    No matter what the Greek people appear to be in exactly the same position as last week. I do wonder what has been hidden by this theatre though. Hopefully the Slogs contacts will reveal all.
    Notice too how Cammermong & Clegg have been keeping their heads down?

  2. 2 NickM 03/11/2011 at 6:18 pm

    Papandreou has been lent on by the EU. This is typical – the EU cannot abide even a whiff of democracy. The EU is a set of gangsters buying complicity with our money.

  3. 3 right_writes 03/11/2011 at 6:49 pm

    Of course it is handy that Pandreou has just replaced the heads of Greece’s armed forces with men loyal to him…

    We wouldn’t want any trouble now would we?

  4. 4 right_writes 03/11/2011 at 6:50 pm

    Papandreou… tch tch autocorrect pah!

  5. 5 Katabasis 03/11/2011 at 7:50 pm

    I think Pappy-G got “an offer he couldn’t refuse”….

  6. 6 Bill 04/11/2011 at 8:33 am

    right_writes could be right, in fact more than likely is right.

    My sons comprehensive school ‘had’ to be merged with two other schools to create an Ed Balls Up Academy back in 2008/9.
    Head of said comprehensive was dead set against such a move because oddly he put the kids in his charge at the top of his priority list not government policy.

    Sadly he was told by the County Council Corporate Director that if he continued to act against her and Ed’s best interests he would be sidelined and made to work on rather than retiring. That didn’t seem to dissuade him but a rumoured £50K pension pot top up did. End of comprehensive beginning of Academy GCSE results nosedived.

    Seems almost everyone has their price.

  7. 7 The Gray Monk 04/11/2011 at 11:05 am

    He certainly got told that he could not expect any further “adjustment” to the package or any further bail-outs if he rejected it. A slap for democracy? I doubt it, the Greeks voted for their socialist masters, who went on a spending spree after cooking their books to get into the Euro and dump the Drachma before their bank loans made it worthless anyway.

    They spent and spent and spent – the rest of Europe’s money, including the UKs and now they don’t want to repay the loans. Where else in Europe can you retire on a full and very generous pension at 50? Not in the UK you can#T. Of course the Greeks want to keep their lifestyle, who wouldn’t – but let them pay for it themselves then. Preferably after the rest of us have had our money back!

  8. 8 Mr Ecks 04/11/2011 at 11:13 am

    The tactic was unsound–to promise a vote (they probably would have taken the bailout anyway) but then to take it away will piss off a lot more greeks than are already pissed off. Better not to promised than to promise and take away on what will seem (and very probably IS) Merkozy’s orders.

  9. 9 The Pedant-General 04/11/2011 at 3:52 pm

    Mr Ecks,

    Can’t help thinking that Mr P knew he was stuffed either way.

    The original offer was made not because he thought it was necessary to get the people to step up to their responsibilities, but for scorched earth purposes – the people were never going to buy it and the EU were never going to let them say so: thus, a revolution is needed and the withdrawal of the referendum is the trigger for that.

    Happy days!

  10. 10 don wreford 05/11/2011 at 7:21 am

    The population of Greece being 11 million or so, a small nation by comparason, it is incongruous if Greece were to default, that this eventual outcome could become a serious calamity for the rest of Europe and have such a devastating impact upon the rest of the World, this shows how fragile in fact the World economy is, the IMF bail out is a scam designed to put Greece in debt and acquire Greek assets and control the Greek population, introducing impoverishment in education, and austerity measures that is planned for the destruction of the physical health and the morale of the Greek population, the loss of autonomy will ensure a migration of Jewish settlers that require more land for its extended colonialistic expansion and security of Israeli interests.
    The connecting key to this scenario is the the CEO of IMF is in the hands of the Jewish connection, is this hardly a surprise?

  11. 11 Davosy 05/11/2011 at 10:54 am

    Bloody hell!!! I could tell Don Weeford is round the twist but I didn’t realise he is a palestinian conspiracy theory nut as well!!! When all else fails blame the eeeevil Joooos eh Don?

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