Rentaview journalism from another featherweight at the Maily Barclaygraph
If you wondered why Peter Oborne resigned in disgust from the Daily Telegraph, this might help explain.
A great many of my Greek contacts and friends may not know much about Daniel Hannan MEP. Today the Daily Torynaff has awarded Dan a whole column to himself in order to explain to we lesser mortals how Greece ran a budget surplus last year, but now Syriza’s “leftist dogma” has thrown that turning point away.
Daniel Hannan tells us that ‘Greece…..has reached the point where it could successfully go it alone, provided it made a clean default. But, under its current leaders, it seems determined to throw those advantages away and return to the tax-and-spend policies that caused its crisis in the first place.’
It’s important to wear your Greek poppycock with pride, but this dissembling marks a new low in Dan’s career of barely scratching the surface of the superficial.
I’ve been reading Mr Hannan’s continuing slavish devotion to neoliberal claptrap for some six years now, and as usual – in this particular instance – he skates ever so elegantly over the many uncomfortable ethics and facts involved in the situation. Thus he offers no mention – let alone analysis – of these twenty points which destroy his hopelessly uninformed opinion:
1. How the debt was derived, why it is, after six years of austerity, now nearly twice the size it was before, and how the fiddled budget surplus for 2014 was a whopping one 360th of the Greek national debt.
2. How Yanis Varoufakis of Syriza railed against the debt accumulation from 2006 onwards.
3. The cynical way in which both the EC and Berlin both encouraged the Greeks to buy armaments with the borrowings, and then exaggerate how bad the situation was
4. How 2/3rds of the debt could be written off by the ECB with not a scintilla of harm to either the bank itself or the eurozone citizens it so risibly claims to represent
5. Of the remaining 1/3rd, 50% is unreal money that comes courtesy of the mad FRB banking system which Mr Hannan so admires
6. If both these realities were accepted by Troika2, Greece’s debt would be eminently manageable
7. If the original debt had been written off in 2009, the ECB’s balance sheet would be €210bn to the good
8. The real creditors got away with at worst break even and at best a profit margin of some 25%, having bought cynically on the junk market at 10c on the $
9. Hollande and Merkel insist on Greece “meeting its obligations” when neither of them has ever met any of theirs since the day the euro was launched on an unsuspecting world
10. If Wolfgang Schäuble had cancelled the arms contract that alone ran up a €150bn of the debt, none of us would be in this position….but he refused
11. Greece has still only received 1 of the 2 submarines it ordered under that contract
12. Germany has dumped secondary Austrian banks in the mire by reneging on all “its obligations”
13. Only a democratic election put Syriza in the position of having overwhelming citizen support to reduce the country’s debt burden: the Troika would vastly prefer to deal with the crooks who ran up the debt in the first place
14. The creditors’ sole strategy now is to load austerity onto the backs of 10.5m Greeks, at least 97% of whom gained no benefit from it
15. Germany had all its massive war debts written off in 1947, and never paid a penny of reparations to the Greeks they starved half to death for three years
16. Greece is NOT asking for more money, it wants only a brief debt moratorium followed by debt restructuring
17. Greece has slipped back into recession because Draghi and his cohorts have manipulated the fiscalities to make normal economic activity impossible.
18. Grexit is not possible for two years…as an MEP, I would expect Mr Hannan to understand that
19. Whatever he may think of “radical Leftists” the average Greek would far rather have Pinnochio as Prime Minister than a return to the previous ventriloquists’ dummies.
20. In nine weeks of negotiations, Syriza has made 7 major concessions, while the Troika has made, um, none.
You may wonder how Daniel Hannan can mount such a shamefully ignorant column of disinformation as this one, but the answer is simple: he is a shameless professional politician – able thanks to unwarranted privilege to avoid ever having done a day’s commercial work in his life – thence to progress via private school and Oxbridge to a life of Westminster internship before becoming MEP for South East England.
You may in turn wonder how Dan can hate the European Union and loathe David Cameron, and yet be a Conservative Member of the European Parliament. And the answer to that riddle is that he is an unprincipled spinning electron capable of holding two diametric positions at the same time.
And as all good physicists know, an electron is a negatively charged particle of almost no substance, with a charge of 1.6022 x 10–19 Coulomb – that is, infinitessimally weighty.
It’s important to know the provenance of such opinions. I trust the remaining Telegraph loyalists with a degree of intellect now feel somewhat better informed on the issue.
As for the Greeks, well – you’ve all been dished this kind of dirt for too long now to worry, I suppose. But if you have to let it be water off a duck’s back, wouldn’t it be nice if the water was clean for a change?