This evening’s Greek referendum result was a victory for the forces of democracy. The vote was 62% No and 39% Yes. Austerity doesn’t work and the Greek people have said as much in great numbers. The OXI (No) vote happened in the face of a relentless NAI (Yes)campaign from Greece’s pro-austerity media.
The Tory government will use the occasion to continue to scaremonger about the “dangers” of “going back” to the mythical “bad old days”. But they don’t have a mandate. 24.3% is nothing. 62% is a mandate. Tories, take note.
Meanwhile, the BBC and the rest of the British media will continue to peddle the lie that George Osborne’s LTEP is “working”. Can you see the green shoots of reification? If you can’t, then you’re probably an “extreme leftist”.
As I type this, a BBC News reporter in Athens is interviewing a New Democracy politician who’s claimed that it’s a “dark day for Greece”. Then the reporter interrupts to tell her that Antonis Samaras, the leader of the New Democrats, had resigned. She stumbles and mumbles something along the lines of “I couldn’t possibly comment”.
Cut to some vox pops of Greek people telling the camera how “scared they are for the future”. The propaganda: it’s blatant.
Expect more fun and games from our media over the coming days and weeks.