An anti-hero up against 'the suits'
Sir - There surely is a talent in correctly reading Everyman's take on the TV series True Detective as Declan Lynch did in last Sunday's Sunday Independent. It made me smile to read my own exact response to the opening episode so accurately described by Lynch, hitting the nail on the head and well summed up in the cartoon, "I haven't a clue what's going on, but I think I enjoyed it." And I think that's how many of us feel about the carry-on re Greece versus the Rest in Europe. If this was True Detective, or a film, I think we would all be rooting for the dashing Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis as a sort of anti-hero fighting the "suits". Declan Lynch's article on Greece versus Europe makes a certain sense in that "Paddy" could indeed be perceived as "The bullied becoming the bully" although Eoghan Harris also has a point in his column stating that the status quo in Greece needs to change drastically.
However, I think a point being missed by many in this debate is that the economic or "fiscal" risks are not necessarily the most important of those involved. I think the most important one is the geo-political risk. We have seen the atrocities committed in Tunisia, France and Kuwait last week. We have seen the incursion of Russian forces in Eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea by Russia. We have seen Putin's courting of Greece and the supply route for Russian gas being routed through Greece and there have been suggestions that Russian financial aid might be forthcoming were Europe to abandon Greece. We have seen how the political vacuum in Libya has resulted in thousands of immigrants coming through there as a starting point across the Mediterranean. Right now Europe needs to keep all the friends it has to its east. That geo-political consideration will, in the long run, prove more important than the money concerns which seem to overshadow all discussions re Greece versus Europe in the last number of months.