We all know that tragedies – terrorist and otherwise – are unfolding every day but one country it is easy to overlook in terms of terrible hardship is Greece.
The country is partway through its third eurozone bailout programme and it has come as no surprise to anyone that it has not gone smoothly. It has been teetering on the brink of economic collapse for so long that most people in this country scarcely give it a thought.
The on-going financial crisis has ruined the lives of tens of thousands of ordinary people and while politicians and finance chiefs bicker, residents of the land, famed for being the cradle of Western civilisation, struggle to get by.
The future does not look good for Greece and its plight highlights why we were so right in the UK to vote for Brexit and why not joining the eurozone was an immensely sensible decision for us. Continue reading Greek tragedy ongoing→
‘NO’ VOTE IN GREECE A VOTE FOR RECOGNITION OF DEMOCRACY
The “no” vote in Greece is a vote for true recognition of democracy at its finest – in the very birthplace of democracy itself, says Ukip deputy leader Paul Nuttall.
Welcoming the referendum rejecting the terms of an international bailout, Mr Nuttall said: “I applaud the Greek people. They have had their say. That is exactly how it should be – a proud sovereign nation sticking up for itself.”
And Mr Nuttall, North West MEP, condemned the EU’s efforts to impose more austerity in Greece saying “the people never asked for it, voted for it, and certainly never deserved it”.
The Ukip deputy leader and leading member of the Europe of Freedom and Direct democracy group in the European Union, added: “The day after the US Independence celebrations you’d expect the EU to remember Lincoln’s quote that ‘you cannot fool all of the people, all of the time’. But that is what the EU commissioners think they can do, and this result has shattered their delusion. The people of Greece have had enough.
“The Greeks are a proud nation, whose country was at the birthplace of democracy.
“The European Union is the exact antithesis of that ideal, and the Greeks have paid a heavy financial price since they joined the single currency.
“Across Europe there is growing anger and despair at the way the EU operates, and we will now see nation after nation forced to reconsider the nature of their relationship with the EU, under the growing pressure from their dissatisfied electorate.
“The EU has had this coming to them and it is the start of the unravelling of the entire EU project.”
UKIP Member of the European Parliament for the the North West of England