Unemployment – NZ v Greece

While the left moans about a situation where around 93% of the population are gainfully employed and speak like it is the end of the world have a thought about what their plans for the economy, printing money and more debt, would do to the economy.

Fortunately we do not have to look that far to see what happens when a country becomes addicted to debt and does not face up to reality:

Greek unemployment rose to 25.4pc in August. Youth unemployment rose to 58pc.

Under the official forecast, the economy will contract by a further 4.5pc next year, so it fair to assume that lots more people are going to lose their jobs. It is certainly not going to improve in any meaningful way for years to come.

This is what happens when you lock into the wrong currency and block the escape routes ? or join a “burning building with no exits” in the words of William Hague.

Even if Greeks comply with all demands, public debt will reach 179pc of GDP next year. Perhaps there will be some sort of formula to cut debt service costs by shaving 50 basis points off interest on rescue loans, and persuading the ECB to forgo “profits” on its estimated ?40 billion holdings of Greek bonds (though unrealised profits would seem be courting fate).

Yet it is hard to see how the salary and pension cuts, etc, pushed through the Greek parliament last night with enormous difficulty can do any more than buy a few months? delay. The protests on Wednesday bordered on urban guerrilla warfare. It will not take much to cross that line.

Even if the EMU machine succeeds in keeping?Greece?in the system, is this any longer a remotely desirable goal? Has it not become a vicious and immoral policy in itself?

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