Greece has long history of default
Sir -- Your editorial 'We're not unlike the Greeks after all' (Sunday Independent, November 6, 2011) mentioned the similarities between Ireland and Greece; especially now that both countries are 'a protectorate of hostile EU powers that have scant interest in the welfare of their own people, let alone us'.
There are, however, two main differences between Ireland and Greece. Firstly, since gaining independence in 1830 Greece has been prone to political instability and since the Second World War has experienced a bitter civil war, the ending of a popular monarchy and a military junta which increased the perks of public sector jobs to silence opposition.
A few key families still dominate politics and stifle effective opposition.