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"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world" - Henry Kissinger

and yet...

"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences" – Robert Louis Stevenson

Philip Stephens wonders if Greece wants a chance to 'save itself'

In response to an FT article by Philip Stephens on 2nd July 2015, entitled 'Greece should vote for the rule of law'

"This weekend’s referendum is first, second and third about whether Greece wants a chance to save itself"

Really? Yes, I can see them now...trotting off to the ballot box on Sunday:

'Shall we vote for a chance to save ourselves Alexis?

'No, Dimitri, let's just live on olives and hope the Chinese turn up to take photos - we can use the tips to buy some bread to go with the olives'

Where do you get such tosh from Mr Stephens? People don't lie down and die when consequences show up in the raw. That's when the human spirit stands up and shows itself at its best.

Staying in the Euro is not the only option for Greece. That's what the Federalists would have everyone believe. The free market however, might have very different ideas. Personally, I think that if Greece said - 'we've had enough of this, we're off'. They would have two years of extreme difficulty, followed by 5 years of slow recovery, followed by a thriving, booming economy. And yes, those Chinese tourists would be there too, only the inhabitants would not be living off olives and smiling for photos.

I suspect what you are most worried about Mr Stephens is not Greece, but the collapse of the centralised EU system. The main priority of the EU is to prop up a failing currency and a zombie banking system that would be insolvent if its assets were marked to market. In my view, it's too late - I think it's already bust. Greece is the canary in the coal mine.

So if I was going to the polls on Sunday I'd be voting 'No', and contrary to your assertion - I'd be doing because I'd want a chance to save myself and my country. 

Jaques Delors on Greece - Hypocrisy never gets old

As if Jeb Bush would ever use his name for personal gain...