For a start, both men – who glory under the title of “Prime Minister” – are both happy to see their nations (each with a long and glorious history) run for the most part from Brussels.
In Alexis Tsipras’s case he has the support of most Greeks for this. Most Greeks do not want to leave the EU and do not want to leave the Eurozone. What they want is for the Germans to did a little deeper into their pockets. Understandably, the Germans are getting a little irritated.
In David Cameron’s case he hopes to garner the support of the British electorate in the forthcoming EU referendum.
Both are also pulling the wool over the eyes of their electorates.
In the recent news reports on the Greek crisis the BBC reporters are suggesting the situation could led to “Grexit” – we at the British Gazette now think this is an extremely remote prospect. The BBC reported that negotiations will start at some point. The British Gazette can report the negotiations have already started!
The Germans have demanded a sacrifice from the Greeks. This took the form of Yanis Varoufakis (the former finance minister) who was told to fall on his sword – something it seems he did happily and with pride.
What will happen is this:
A negotiated settlement will shortly be arrived at. It will be essentially the same as what the Greeks rejected but a few cosmetic details will be changed. This is one thing the apparatchiks in Brussels are past masters in: dressing things up. They can make an old sow look like a young buck – or garnish horse meat up as beef!
These skills of course will again be employed to dress up Herr Junker’s promissory note to Cameron – delivered at the end of Cameron’s negotiation – to make the note appear a really significant change.
So let us address a practical issue: Should you go on holiday to Greece! Answer, Yes, but NOT YET. Wait until September or October. By this time the Greek banks will have reopened and will be operating relatively normally. This means you will not have to carry wads of Euro notes around with you.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Unfortunate Osborne today repeated his stupid suggestion that British tourists in Greece should carry lots of cash but should “be sensible” about it! Note to the Unfortunate Osborne: the way to avoid being mugged in Greece for your Euros is not to have any Euro notes on you! Use your credit card! Also try and keep together with other tourists in a group – safety in numbers – Greece is full of migrants these days and these folk are desperate.
Further advice: Warning – this will be deemed racist. If you are a member of the ethnic minorities be very careful about going to places where there are large numbers of migrants roaming around. This is because these folk will regard you as a prime target. This is because of your passport. They may try at relieve you of it in an attempt to gain entry into the UK.