What’s really wrong with Greece?

Interesting summary of what’s going on in Greece by Paul Mason: http://blogs.channel4.com/paul-mason-blog/greece-referendum-euro-die/3978

“The press and TV are owned by billionaires … there’s no regulation, so the incessant talk channels – which pay no tax, and no licence fees for the airwaves – will simply churn out a bleach-blond version of what their bosses want to hear.

“[the Greek right] want Europe to go on ignoring corruption, tax evasion and oligarchy on a grand scale, and to go on crashing our economy at the expense of the poor.”

“When the elected ministers of the Eurogroup saw what the EC, IMF and ECB had proposed they rowed back. “We can’t get this through our own parliaments” they said: it’s too soft.”

The interesting thing is that the Conservatives keep running the “Don’t Vote Labour! They’re financially irresponsible! We’ll end up like Greece!” argument, but these problems – corporations and the rich paying no tax, no media regulation, a government over-exposed to lobbying by the rich and powerful – these are the end state of a Conservative government, not a Labour one.


This Makes Me Cross

Whilst I do not understand the Rachel Dolezal thing at all, I’m finding myself very annoyed by this article in The Guardian by a transgender black woman that says (paraphrased) that you can’t identify as black if you’re not black because you don’t have the lived experience of growing up as black, and that race is a social construct whereas gender is real.

Because what she’s saying is that there is a cultural experience of being born black, but there is no cultural experience of being born a woman. And that if you have fixed expectations about what “a black person” must be like then you’re racist, but if you have fixed expectations of what “a woman” is like, you’re just stating a fact. Which makes me cross.