It is, quite simply, a device to wreck the Syriza government as quickly as possible, and to make sure that what happens can be laid at the feet of that government, and not blamed on the ECB, IMF, EC, or any other EU country, or – and this is most important – global capital (by which I primarily mean multi-national corporations, the 1% and their agents and supporters).
For the first time in Europe for a very long time a progressive political party that is not either beholden to and/or implicitly supportive of the neoliberal project has got into power… with a clear mandate for pursuit of an entirely un-neoliberal agenda.
Over the next three months Syriza will be subjected to the most concerted (and often secret) attacks any government in Europe has known for decades – probably since the birth of labour movements in the inter-war period.
Forewarned is forearmed, and it is to be hoped Syriza has the skill to turn any such attacks back on themselves and reveal the culprits for who they really are. This is an opportunity – and it is to be hoped that Mr Tsipras grasps it with both hands.
Yesterday evening, the BBC ran a documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death, in which Jeremy Paxman uttered a fervent desire that we have not seen the last of Churchill’s calibre of human being – because we may need such people again, soon.
“Cometh the hour, cometh the man,” and all that. Well, the hour has come for Greece. Is Mr Tsipras its man?
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