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The people said no but their dodgy socialists government capitulated and said yes

You’ve got to love the wog politicians.

They egg on their population to say No in a referendum, which they then do. Then it seems they had no plans on what to do next because after two weeks of pressure the Greek government has capitulated and gone against the No vote and said Yes to the EU.

Euro zone leaders made Greece surrender much of its sovereignty to outside supervision on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time) in return for agreeing to talks on an €86 billion bailout to keep the near-bankrupt country in the single currency.

The terms imposed by international lenders led by Germany in all-night talks at an emergency summit obliged leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to abandon promises of ending austerity and could fracture his government and cause an outcry in Greece.

“Clearly the Europe of austerity has won,” Greece’s Reform Minister George Katrougalos said.

“Either we are going to accept these draconian measures or it is the sudden death of our economy through the continuation of the closure of the banks. So it is an agreement that is practically forced upon us,” he told BBC radio.

Greece however aims to reopen its banks on Thursday, bankers said. Facing a wave of withdrawals, the banks closed two weeks ago.

If the summit on Greece’s third bailout had failed, Athens would have been staring into an economic abyss with its banks on the brink of collapse and the prospect of having to print a parallel currency and exit the euro.   Read more »

Finns getting stroppy with dodgy Greek socialists

The Finns are standing strong and talking tough, wanting to kick the Greek socialists out of the eurozone.

Finland’s parliament has decided it will not accept any new bailout deal for Greece, media reports said Saturday, piling on pressure as eurozone finance ministers tried to find a way out of the impasse.

The decision to push for a so-called “Grexit” came after the eurosceptic Finns party, the second-largest in parliament, threatened to bring down the government if it backed another rescue deal for Greece, according to public broadcaster Yle.

Under Finland’s parliamentary system, the country’s “grand committee” – made up of 25 of 200 MPs – gives the government a mandate to negotiate on an aid agreement for Greece.\

Members of the committee met for talks in Helsinki on Saturday afternoon to decide their position, YLE reported.

But the parliamentary officials have declined to comment on the media report.

The finance minister, Alexander Stubb, was at the crunch eurozone talks in Brussels and tweeted that he could not reveal the mandate given to him by the grand committee so long as the negotiations were still ongoing.   Read more »

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Kraut pushback against doing deal to help dodgy socialist Greek ratbags

Angela Merkel is in a spot of bother for daring to entertain bailing out the dodgy, socialist Greek ratbags for a third time.

Germany’s ruling coalition appears to be deeply split over Greece’s latest reform proposals ahead of a climactic meeting of EU leaders at the weekend.

While senior Social Democrats (SPD), the junior partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, welcomed the list of concessions from the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, members of her own conservative bloc were scathing about Greece’s position.

As financial experts digested the plan from Athens, the joint chief executive of Berlin’s stock exchange, Artur Fischer, said that business leaders in Germany felt Greece had squandered its credibility, and that if Merkel agreed to a third bailout for Greece, she could also be signing up to the continuation of the crisis for years to come, thereby risking her chancellorship.

“This is the toughest time in her chancellorship so far. Can she resist the voices of opposition within her own party to push through a third bailout in the Bundestag that most of them are against?” said Fischer.

Understanding Greek bludgers and their attitude

Andrew Bolt finds the perfect metaphor for Greece’s problems:

Greece’s former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, says family obligations will keep him away from Friday night’s parliament session to debate the government’s proposed reforms in return for a third bailout…

Varoufakis tweeted that he would be spending the weekend with his daughter before she returns to Australia, where she lives. He sent parliament a letter saying he was voting in favor of the motion.

A Leftist paid a state salary skips work. He farewells his daughter to safety abroad as he votes to load Greece with more debt.

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Will Greece be the last gasp of Marxist delusion?

The left wing are all enamoured that the dodgy Greek socialists flipped the bird at the EU.

They think this is cool and even Chris Trotter rolled out the “death of neo-liberalism” epithets.

It’s hogwash of course…neo-liberalism didn’t sink Greece, dodgy socialists drunk on other people’s money and lazy to boot sunk Greece.

Janet Daly explains in words even simple-minded socialists can understand.

Which of these do you find more repugnant: an autocratic European Union which is no longer bothering to conceal its intention to displace an elected government, or a shambolic clique of Left-wing fantasists who are propelling a country – and its hapless population – into economic ruin and political chaos?

It’s a tough call, isn’t it? Whatever happens in the Greek referendum on Sunday, it will not be the end of this pantomime. In fact, it is intended not to be the end, in spite of the Greek prime minister’s bizarre assertion last week that he could guarantee a deal would be made with the country’s creditors within 48 hours of a “no” vote – when, in fact, a “no” vote would effectively guarantee the impossibility of making such a deal since the answer “no” is a rejection of meaningful concessions to the creditors.

There is no point any longer in trying to make sense of this. It has gone beyond sense. It is now incomprehensible in the strict technical meaning of the word. The “options” available are all catastrophic and delusional in varying degrees and combinations, and nobody is actually going to get to choose between them anyway – at least, nobody in Greece. To the extent that they have had any involvement – or culpability – in this matter, the Greek people must come to terms with the consequences of electing Russell Brand to head their government. Voters do have some responsibility for the choices that they make. That is what distinguishes mature democracy from the students’ union. But given the price that they are paying for that moment of mad frivolity, it seems harsh to condemn, especially as the prospect of fiscal rationality had already been ruined by the fecklessness of previous governments and external forces beyond their control.

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The square heads are getting sick of dodgy Greek ratbags

Time is up for Greece, and the Krauts are utterly sick of them.

Berlin has delivered a blistering attack on Greece’s beleaguered radical prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, accusing him of lying to his own people and seeking scapegoats for the country’s misery everywhere but in his own ranks.

The German government dismissed desperate attempts by Athens to salvage some form of bailout, prompting Tsipras to hit back, accusing the country’s creditors of trying to “blackmail” Greek voters with dire warnings that a vote against austerity in this weekend’s referendum would be a vote to leave the euro.

Tsipras referred to leaders of other eurozone nations as “extremist conservative forces” and blamed them for the capital controls that have forced the banks to shut down and ration cash.   Read more »

Krauts call time on Olive monkeys

The Krauts have had a guts full of Greek whinging and are calling time on their economic intransigence.

Greece was on the brink of economic meltdown as Germany looked poised to push the country out of the eurozone.

With Greece about to default on a 1.5 billion ($2.4 billion) debt repayment, senior German politicians warned “enough is enough”. The Greek debt negotiations collapsed after just 45 minutes, amid fears Athens is now heading towards financial catastrophe.

Despite condemnation from European leaders following the breakup of the talks, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, said: “We will patiently wait until creditors turn to realism.” He claimed the talks collapsed because European creditors wanted to slash Greek pensions and workers’ wages. Tsipras’ claims were immediately rejected by the European Commission. Guenther Oettinger, Germany’s EU Commissioner, said Europe should brace itself for a “state of emergency” in Greece from July 1 if Athens did not reach an agreement with its creditors. Sigmar Gabriel, the head of Germany’s Social Democrats, said time was running out for Tsipras’ Government. “Everywhere in Europe, the sentiment is growing that enough is enough.”

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The “cheeky darkie” wants Canada to be more like African countries

I kid you not.

Kofi Annan wants Canada to emulate basket case countries like Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda, countries wracked with civil war, stone age religions and barbaric human rights records. Hmmm…ok…all to save the planet.

In the new Africa Progress Panel Report, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says Canada is one of the countries that needs to aim for zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Annan also says we should look to Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda as examples.

But of course, those three countries have low carbon emissions because they’re so poor.

Ethiopia’s GDP per capita is only about $500 a year; Kofi Annan has probably spent that much at lunch.

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Portugal’s stunning results after decriminalisation

The effects of decriminalisation of recreational drugs in Portugal are stunning, and quite the opposite of what was predicted.

This is the sort of model New Zealand should be looking at.

Portugal decriminalised the use of all drugs in 2001. Weed, cocaine, heroin, you name it — Portugal decided to treat possession and use of small quantities of these drugs as a public health issue, not a criminal one. The drugs were still illegal, of course. But now getting caught with them meant a small fine and maybe a referral to a treatment program — not jail time and a criminal record.

Whenever people debate drug policy – marijuana decriminalisation, for instance – many drug-policy makers predict dire consequences. “If you make any attractive commodity available at lower cost, you will have more users,” former US Office of National Drug Control Policy deputy director Thomas McLellan once said of Portugal’s policies. Joseph Califano, founder of the Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, once warned that decriminalisation would “increase illegal drug availability and use among our children”.

But in Portugal, the numbers paint a different story. The prevalence of past-year and past-month drug use among young adults has fallen since 2001, according to statistics compiled by the Transform Drug Policy Foundation, which advocates on behalf of ending the war on drugs. Overall adult use is down slightly too. And new HIV cases among drug users are way down.

Now, numbers just released from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction paint an even more vivid picture of life under decriminalisation: drug overdose deaths in Portugal are the second-lowest in the European Union.    Read more »

I bet Tony Abbott is pissed off he didn’t think of this

Tony Abbott is going to be seriously annoyed with David Cameron.

Cameron has come up with a really good idea for dealing with illegal immigrants.

Foreign workers will have their wages seized by police and face deportation without appeal if they are in the UK illegally, David Cameron will announce today as part of a “radical” crackdown on immigration.

The Prime Minister will vow to make the UK a “less attractive place to come and work” by using next week’s Queen’s Speech to announce a series of laws to “root out illegal immigrants and bolster deportations”.

Mr Cameron will also unveil plans to make it a criminal offence for businesses to recruit abroad without advertising in the UK first.

He will give councils powers to evict migrants and force all banks to check bank accounts against databases of people who could be in the country illegally.

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