George Papandreou – Cleverer Than David Cameron, It Seems
Mr Papandreou has survived – just – the no confidence vote in the Greek Parliament. He remains as Prime Minister, Greece will accept the “bailout” deal, the Opposition have been forced to very publically back the deal, and his stature as a wily survivor remains intact.
He humbly told everyone that the leadership of the new coalition government is up for grabs. Presumably he holds himself ready to step into the breach, if nobody else wants the job just as the austerity programme there starts to bite.
Meanwhile, David Cameron reckons increased UK contributions to the IMF are completely safe.
No government has ever lost money on lending to the IMF. It doesn’t add to your debt, it doesn’t add to your deficit. It is the right thing for an advanced economy like ours to do and we should continue to do so. But it does not put Britain’s taxpayers’ money at risk – it is just merely the most sensible thing for us to do to support the economy.
Just in case nobody believed him, though, he hinted that parliament wouldn’t be allowed to vote on it. After all, can’t have those Eurosceptic chappies getting all excited again, now can we?
Did you notice that Old Etonian arrogance shining through? “An advanced economy like ours”. He still lives in that world where Britain rules the waves and is just going through a bit of a bad patch, old chap.
And he just loves strutting around as the Prime Minister of the Great Power that now only exists in the heads of people like him.
Can we do a swap please? We give the Greeks David Cameron and they give us Mr Papandreou.
You can’t trust either of them. But at least Mr Papandreou evidently has some brains.