Greeks Get €uro Referendum

The Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has announced that he will put the €uro bailout deal struck last week to the people. There is palpable apoplexy within the EU’s political elite at this democratic outrage. Actually consulting the people in January about what they want…

Papandreou said:

“Citizens are the source of our strength and citizens will be called on to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the agreement. It is not for others to decide but the Greek people to decide … we have faith in the people. We believe in democratic participation. We are not afraid of it. The people will be asked whether they want to adopt or reject the deal. This vote of confidence will be a foundation stone on which we will build a new structure, a new Greece.”

It seems, unlike our government, the Greek government does not have problem renegotiating the terms of its relationship with the EU in the midst of a crisis if the people will it. The second e-petition to parliament for a referendum has at pixel time 11,731 signatures…



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Janan Ganesh on Labour’s soft left

“Ms Cooper does not believe the previous Labour government was wrong to run a fiscal deficit after 15 years of economic growth. Both she and Mr Burnham think families should be entitled to tax credits for a third child. These views are not mad. They are just a bit too left-wing for Britain. For any serious party, that amounts to the same thing. The soft left is more electable than the hard left but then Mars is more habitable than Neptune: neither planet will host human life anytime soon.”

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