A city centre
which at night resembles parts of Detroit and daily life which resembles
Victorian Britain with many beggars and a general feeling of a country in
irreversible decline. Schoolchildren have been seen looking in dustbins for
food and many people have died burning wood in makeshift stoves in apartments
to keep warm.
Despite all the
official pronouncements that the Troikas (EU-ECB-IMF) programme will herald
growth decline has been on average 5% fall in GDP annually over the last five years figures not seen since the 12% annual fall during the civil war of the
1940’s and unemployment has skyrocketed to at least 2.5m (official amount 1.5m)
roughly between 30-40% of the population.
therapy which is killing the patient stone dead has led to massively reduced
govt majority (4) and we are in a permanent govt crisis with confused orders
from the centre. Land taxes and property taxes are destroying the social fabric
of society splintering it apart until there is nothing left and new Orwellian
measures of seizing bank accounts electronically on behalf of tax demands are to be applied as the new year gift to
Greek citizens due to the massive non-payment crisis of all the new taxes. Over
E70billion has gone to pay parasitic banksters (under Troika tutelage) and the wage and pension
cuts which range from 20% to 60% (eg. bus drivers) implies that govt spending
is massively reduced. Schools and hospitals are being merged, many schools have
no heating and over 25k public sector workers have been fired this year.
Wave upon wave
of immigration continue to hit Greek shores and they have nowhere to go so
inevitably there is a crime wave in poorer Athenian districts and the prisons
are already full. The younger generation and those till their 40’s will never
see a pension as without 40 year contributions one will not be able to get one
and companies avoid full time work to pay less tax and insurance. The new norm
are jobs at E2.5 an hour with shifts whenever the boss feels like it.
forced of the fake left which now have a majority on the public sector union
ADEDY organised a rally on Saturday and only around 200 people turned up. The
leaders of the unions hide behind govt strike bans despite massive strike waves
that broke out in both February and October of this year. Syriza as the main
party of the opposition despite gaining 27% does not seek a fight for power and
is relegated to asking for Germany’s surpluses as a way to solve the capitalist
crisis ie the old bankrupt economic model.
If the current
situation continues and so far it is the longest depression in a western
economy the state will start to disintegrate. Whether a revolt occurs prior to
disintegration or as a consequence of it is what is on everyone's mind. Time is
running out for all concerned.