I’ve just been skyping my Grandma, who is noticeably very stressed at the moment. Why?
She lives in Greece. Greece, where they’ve put up the VAT from 13% to a staggering 23%. Even on food; a basic necessity. They can only take 60 euros out of the bank a day. The only thing holding the Greek islands together is tourism, but now that the prices of BASIC NECESSITIES are going up, they’re having to increase tourist prices, they’re having to increase everything. That not only hurts them, but the tourists. So next time you don’t care about Greek issues, take into consideration that the lovely holiday you planned to a beautiful Greek island could be demolished. This shall drive them into an even deeper economic depression.
How on earth are the Greek citizens supposed to cope? How are they supposed to survive, to not be forced into poverty? How are they supposed to have any faith in their country, in their government, when the thing they voted against is going ahead any way? How can they be expected to just go along with it? If they riot, the media and the government shall make it look as though they are the thugs, the criminals, it is their fault. But what got them into this position in the first place? Of course, the government. Yet those in suits shall still be able to drive around in their fancy cars, go home to their mansions, eat as much food as they want. They won’t give a second thought to those having to go without, who won’t be eating. They’re going to ruin people’s lives, and there’s nothing they can do about it.
A point that seems to be going a miss, however, is the fact that Greece actually wiped off most of Germany’s debts to them in the 1950’s. Today, however, people seem to have forgotten about that. Instead, they shall sit there and claim that Greece got themselves into the situation, they need to get themselves out of it, it’s not our fault. Yes, because it is all the Greek citizens who have done this to themselves. The government? Of course it couldn’t have been them! Not as if they make the decisions or anything, regardless of what the public cries for.
The sad thing is that this isn’t the only country that has had to go through this, and most likely won’t be the last. It’s terrible that we don’t get represented sufficiently by our governments. We are represented by people who have never lived in our society. They’ve never had to go without. How can they possibly put themselves into the shoes of the many worse off people in their country?
What do you think about this crisis? What do you think can be done?