From the cradle of democracy comes a shining light of hope for the rest of the world following last weekend’s rejection of austerity by more than 60 per cent of the Greek people.
Having been elected on a policy of resisting the European Union’s punishment of ordinary Greeks for the corruption and profligacy of previous Greek governments, the left-wing Syriza party not only kept it’s election promise to resist EU imposed austerity once it came to power but then arranged a referendum that let the people speak for themselves.
Prime Minister Tsipras and his finance minister showed true leadership and real respect for the will of the people they were elected to represent by initiating that referendum.
In other words, Tsipras’ government heard the people, spoke plainly to the people and then allowed the people to decide their own future through proper democratic processes.
Contrast that with what we Australians get from our federal governments. Tony Abhorrent and his imaginary Team Ocker, when seen through the lens of Greece’s outbreak of real democracy, are nothing but scared little muppets who have no regard for the will of the Aussie people.
Ef Karisto (thankyou) to the Greek people for showing us that democracy can still work for ordinary human beings if it is allowed to function properly.
To the Liberal, National and Labor parties of Australia – grow a spine, keep your election promises, stop pretending that you are dictators and get back to representing us in a truly democratic way that benefits the majority rather than the privileged few.
Bruce McQueen, Mt Burrell