Monday 26 January 2015

A new Greek dawn?

Waking up to the news that SYRIZA have won the Greek elections and are about to form a government is a pretty good way to start the week.

And before anybody says it, I do know that Tsipras isn't the messiah and that Greece is not on the brink of constructing a workers' paradise. 

But SYRIZA's success does  represent the most  significant development in Europe since the world economic crisis began. It is not just some  re-alignment of the forces of the Far Left - it has given voice to a mass movement that rejects the politics of austerity.

Of course  lots of questions remain, and a lot of hard messy work to replicate the same kind of force elsewhere - whether it's Podemos in Spain, the Anti-Austerity Alliance in Ireland ... or TUSC at home.

1 comment:

Dr Llareggub said...

I do think that the Syriza experience will end in tears. Probably with a regime that will repress demonstrations and apply heavy censorship. As for the economic shenanigans with the IMF and Eurozone, the slippery politicians and bankers will come up with some amazing formula to settle the debt problem. Its the politics of Syriza that needs watching.