Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Greece, a great referendum… one more!

Of course the timing is lousy, but I believe the referendum proposed by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to be the absolutely correct thing to do… better late than never. The bail-out deal offered to Greece can only be successful if it can count with the legitimacy of the full approval of the Greeks, otherwise not even a 90 percent haircut could be enough. On the contrary, not doing the referendum would, de-facto, mean giving in to those who are opposing the current bail-out agreement. Should they vote yes or no? That is entirely for them to decide.

By the way, I would also like to see a referendum in Greece, and in the rest of Europe, regarding whether to keep in their posts, or fire without any sort of letter of recommendation, all those bank regulators in the Basel Committee who allowed the European banks to lend to a Greece, Italy, Portugal… against only 1.6 percent in capital, meaning authorizing the banks to leverage their equity over 60 times when lending to the politicians of these sovereigns…