Yanis Varoufakis on Covid-19, Brexit and the trouble with Keir Starmer
Freddie Sayers speaks to the former Greek finance minister
On day 37 of lockdown, former Greece finance minister Yanis Varoufakis joined Freddie Sayers to discuss his late conversion to Brexit, the collapsing Left-Right distinction, and the politics of Covid 19. Have a watch above (apologies for the patchy quality – stick with it, it gets better and better!)…
We chose Brexit – for all the wrong reasons – racist, basically.
How is Greece coping with being part of the EU? and how is the EU now being supported by the EU – Greece has been abandoned.
He says that it would be nonsense that there would be a windfall for the NHS for the UK not being in the UK – erm, actually, there would – through not paying billions a year to the EU – doh! If we don’t pay our 12 billion fees to the EU we can pay that money to the NHS – that’s for any under 12 year olds reading this. Sorry for the sarcasm, but the left don’t seem to be able to grasp simple facts.
So we are all racist and xenophobic whilst Yannis will never be anywhere near power again, but he can stay “pure” to his ideology.
Clearly he doesn’t understand democracy or the nation state. Nor does he really understand the problems within the EU so suggesting we should have stayed in to “sort things” out is a bit pointless when you haven’t articulated what these “things” are. But of course, the solution is always socialism. Silly man.
And no thanks, the Greek way of life won’t work in the UK. There’s a significant difference between certain European countries (like Germany, the Netherlands and yes, the UK) who still have a tradition of the Protestant work ethic and those that follow a different tradition of work ethic (like Greece (tourism only, eh?) and Spain). Which, by the way is one of those “things”.
Well done for interviewing this man with such professionalism Freddie.
Varoufakis is moderately entertaining as always, but all over the place. How could he ever have suggested that the UK could have ‘reformed’ the EU from within after his experience of the way they treated Greece?
The stitch up between the Greek government and hedge funds concerning the mortgages appears to be a disgrace, but is pretty much standard for governments everywhere.
As always, entertaining and thought provoking.
During the last 10 years I’ve spent about 50% of my time in Greece and made an enormous number of Greek friends. (I’ve got a small boat and am retired having worked my way from Poole round Gibraltar, since 2000).
But any stage comedian can be entertaining and thought-provoking…
There is, in my reading, an essential flaw in the political perceptions btween N Europe (where Brits firmly belong) and the Mediterranean littoral (where the Greeks belong). And that is in the transfer of wealth. The Northeners don’t mind a small transfer of wealth down S and the Southerners see the whole reason behind the EU to be a levelling off in wealth.
That’s probably underlying why the Brits voted to leave – not just the emotive fallacy of racism.
Entertaining, interesting and thought provoking.
Great to hear a very different perspective on EU, Brexit etc.
A most interesting point about the new Labour leader – technical arguments and the popular vote – lets see.
The European sovereign debt crisis which manifested itself post GFC has led to something of a ‘lost decade’ for some areas of the eurozone, notably the peripheral or southern states. There has been no real recovery in many of these European countries, and it should be a concern that with the current economic storm, many countries will be forced to reckon with continuing stagnation.
The UK government seems determined to continue with its plan for EU exit at the end of the year. This will act as something of a ‘red letter day’ for many other EU countries for whom the current EU economic and monetary model seems not to be working; that is to say, it could represent the ‘last, best opportunity’ for countries to semi-coordinate a reappraisal of their EU commitments.
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