I am watching what's happening in Greece with absolute horror!What is so frightening is that the public have now totally lost trust in their government at a time when the later have no other option but to impose further austerity measures or risk going into free fall. Failing to do so means Greece won't get a second helping from Europe and the country would go bust in just a few weeks. Terrifying stuff! ... and their parliament has agreed further cuts already. If Greece does not succeed in controlling it's affairs, the ripple effect on the whole of Europe would be dire! That includes us here too! Greece can not succeed without the collaboration of it's people, but there can never be cooperation without trust! What a vicious situation!
Because lost trust means the government in Greece is now wrongly viewed as the people's enemy!
What will this fiery situation lead to? In the middle of all the mistrust and the resulting confusion, I hope the Greeks calm down and cooperate with their government to see how best to get their country out of trouble. Because this current chaos can and may very well lead to a total meltdown if it is allowed to continue and become so difficult to restore back to normal again [look at the Middle East for what lost trust looks like ... ugly!] ... then again, situations like this make you wonder who is infiltrating the angry crowd or who has interests in keeping this chaos going either because of their sheer stupidity of not understanding the dire situation the country is in ... or ... for any other reason.
Bottom line is, what's happening in Greece is wrong and will lead to nowhere if it continues ... the Greeks need to trust and cooperate with their leaders if they are to get out of the chaos it is in!
Today, our Prime Minister described the strikes planned for tomorrow as 'premature'. Ed Miliband, the leader of the opposition, does not want those strikes either - meaning that our leaders whether in government or in opposition have the same view on the issues that are causing this strike. It is therefore unrealistic to think that pension reforms will be avoided or abandoned whichever party is in office. Meaning it is best for unions to sit and talk with the willing to listen government in order to reach a better deal. Unlike Greece, there is time left to talk here until everybody is in agreement ... and the very reason why that so long as our government still wants to listen and talk, then taking disruptive, harmful and very expensive to a country in times of need strike actions is wrong ... the reason I hope this arrangement that may well end in Greece like disruption will be avoided at all costs here in Britain! With a a globe on the verge of financial collapse, this is not the time for isolated groups to think of themselves only and forget about the rest!
As well as school and parents having to take time out to attend to their children, many businesses will suffer great financial losses because of those strikes too Think airlines, airports, people stranded whether on holiday or on business trips, closed shops, you name it ... will also be affected! This is not fair!
At a time we need to get this country out of trouble too!
Co-operation please! At least to avoid the amount of disruption these strikes planned for tomorrow will cause the whole country and the large sum of money that will be squandered at a time when the country needs every penny ... and the resulting public disapproval which may lead to who knows where.
We must always strive to keep our trust of our leaders, specially during difficult times, in order to keep the people and the country together. Hence, if I were a union head and I hear the PM calling those strikes 'premature', I would stop. Because it means the government is still willing to negotiate and endeavour to keep that trust between them, the public and the unions too - they may then, instead of the money squandered due to their strike actions, be able to get that extra something to show their members they worked hard and got somewhere.
A better deal where everybody is suited ... peacefully.
Hope for peace, not another Greece ....
For I am sure we in Britain are much wiser than that.
Unions, please stop! Call off those strikes!
If the government still wants to talk, then what you are doing is 'wrong'!
Nick Clegg: 'strikes will not help' [click]
Ed Miliband: 'These strikes are wrong' [video] and [google]
Number crunching the public sector pensions debate [click]
Row over impact of public sector pension strikes [click]