Greece is great for holidays. Blue sky, blue sea; no wonder that the Greek flag is substantially blue.. Unfortunately, when you scratch the surface, the people are pretty blue too. It’s busy here now, lots of holiday makers, (so much so that there is a shortage of cars for hire) spending lots of money but of course at the back of everybody’s minds in the coming winter, no tourists, no money and no relief from the punishing austerity. Of course Greece has been poor for a very long time and really only got a sense of prosperity with the introduction of charter flights for Northern Europeans looking for a place in the sun, which they found together with simple, low cost food low cost wine and boundless hospitality. And of course the EU, which funded most of the infrastructure projects designed to modernize the county. The Greeks are friendly people and welcomed the EU as they did the tourists, with open arms.
When thing go wrong, who is to blame. The answer is now as has always been, the management. In the case of Greece, the management was the politicians, both from Greece and the EU, but can you really blame them? Let us be honest, the average IQ is 100 which, a very brief check will show that this is not very smart. It would be nice to think that the smart ones are the politicians, of course that is usually not the case. In fact, they are usually perfect examples of ‘foolish’, perfectly defined as keeping doing the same thing and expecting a different result.
I’m half way through my first week of my very long Greek summer holiday. It’s hot, very hot which means my typing is a bit slow. The good thing though is that my thought process can operate in all weathers so I am going to do a bit more thinking about the Greek crisis, economics and politics and hopefully write some more.