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That's true, but I've yet to see any evidence that anyone in the Troika or the ECB is losing any sleep over the horrors happening in Greece or Spain - and I mean losing sleep because they have a conscience and they're finding the consequences of their actions disturbing, not because they're worried about pitchforks and torches?

There's certainly nothing but cheering coming from Tory HQ about the chance to finally put the boot into disabled 'scroungers.'

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 05:34:47 PM EST
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And yet the Tories as well as the members of The Troika manage to think well of themselves, just as did the top officials in the Nazi Government under Hitler. This is where the need for TINA becomes especially important. It enables those who embrace TINA to rationalize that they are only doing what has to be done. That is another major reason for the resilience of the CW in economics - it justifies those in power doing what they really want to do and also what they are under great pressure from their wealthy backers to do. That psychological gallon of salve covers over anything that might be annoying from a vestigial conscience.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 05:59:14 PM EST
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Perhaps coincidentally trending news headlines and the prospect of a libel suit or two suggest that some of the architects of Thatcher's Tory Party and possibly of New Labour too are literally child murderers and child rapists.

Again this might sound far-fetched. But the BBC's Newsnight was close to naming names last night - with evidence - and apparently only dissuaded by violent legal action.

Meanwhile some of the names have appeared on Twitter. And at least one lawyer has gone further and implicated four individuals. It might be relevant that the lawyer is himself an institutional 'care' survivor and has some personal interest in seeing justice served.

Clearly someone who gets off on torturing children to death isn't going to be too bothered about the fate of a few disabled or unemployed people.

Which brings me back to my original point, which is the increasing evidence that these individuals are criminally and morally insane, and incapable of rational policy of any kind.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Nov 3rd, 2012 at 07:58:15 AM EST
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I don't think it is a case of either/or, but more one of both/and.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Nov 3rd, 2012 at 11:31:48 AM EST
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