it would appear that the Greek Communist Party (KKE) analysis that the “NO” in the referendum would be interpreted by the government as a thumbs up for its own harsh antiworker-antipeople measures was quite accurate, even if some commentators tend to view the party as some sort of stalinist leftover from the past.
Indeed, none other than the Trotskyist International Committe of the Fourth International, who are at least strange bedfellows for a supposedly stalinist party, would appear to agree with them when they state in their ‘World Socialist Web Site’ that:
“Greece’s Syriza-led government agreed to a massive new €13 billion (US$14.34 billion) package of austerity measures yesterday evening, less than a week after Sunday’s landslide “no” vote in a referendum on European Union (EU) austerity.”
An “agreement” will be reached, but then an agreement was always going to be reached, and the eveidence would appear to suggest that Syriza and Tsipras never had any intention of fighting the austerity programme that was being imposed by the troika. Indeed as soon as the “No” was announced the government in Athens quickly consulted with the pro-austerity parties in Greece in order to seek approval for a deal that would satisfy the European banks.
The package is on the table; €13 billion cuts, which include raising the retirement age and the introduction of regressive sales taxes and one is reminded of the last lines of George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’:
“No question now what has happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which.”
Mr Tsipras and Syriza have just become “Salonfähig”, and while “Socialists” of the stalinist ilk should still be avoided like the plague, one cannot help but thing that the “revolution” that was coming out of Greece has been betrayed in its infancy.