Finally a sensible, practical solution to the intractable problems of Greece and the Eurozone. Well, sensible and practical by the standards of all the previous ones…
An enterprising soul called Thom Feeney has ridden to the rescue of the Greek economy with crowdfunding.
As he explains at Indiegogo solving Greece’s Euro 1.6 billion debt problem is a lot easier than we’ve been led to believe:
€1.6bn is what the Greeks need. It might seem like a lot but it’s only just over €3 from each European. That’s about the same as half a pint in London. Or everyone in the EU just having a Feta and Olive salad for lunch.
So come on, order a Feta and Olive salad, maybe wash it down with an Ouzo or glass of Assyrtiko Greek wine and let’s sort this shit out.
Pledge €3 and get a postcard sent from Greece of Alex Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister. We’ll get them made and posted in Greece and give a boost to some local printers and post offices.
Pledge €6 and get a greek Feta and Olive salad
Pledge €10 and get a small bottle of Ouzo sent to you
Pledge €25 and get a bottle of Greek wine
He’s right about another thing too. This rolling Greek crisis is “getting boring.”
As they used to say before they went over the top in the trenches, it’s the waiting that’s the worst part.
We know it’s going to happen: if something can’t go on forever it won’t.
So let’s put an end to all this scaremongering tosh being put about the likes of UK Chancellor George Osborne that ‘no one should underestimate the impact of a Greek exit from the Eurozone.” No one has – not least because we’ve had to spent the last five years being reminded of the consequences of the imminent collapse almost every day.
Let’s also stop dignifying Angela Merkel with the suggestion that she keeps putting the moment off and off out of high principle or respect for the European dream. She’s doing it for the rather more selfish reason that she doesn’t want to have to bear the political consequences when the inevitable collapse does come and Germany gets its €55 billion bill.
It’s going to happen. It’s going to be ugly. But least thereafter it will be on the way to being over.
Plus, let’s not forget the upside:
As much souvlaki, moussaka and calamari as we can eat for the rest of our lives on gorgeous Greek islands which we’ve been able to rent for the week out of our spare change at the rate of approximately $1 = 20 Gazillion Drachma.