by Richard Cottrell
June 18, 2012
Harried and bullied by the globalist media, the
Wall Street barons and combined firepower of the EU and the IMF, Greeks
have just handed the poisoned chalice back to the same crowd of scallywags
and cronies who caused the country so much misery in 40 years of misrule
since the fall of the military junta in 1974.
Unbelievable as it may seem from the perspective of anyone who closely
studies events in that deeply troubled land, it seems likely that a
combination of New Democracy (notional right) and Pasok (even more
notionally left) will take up the reins of power once again.
The result will be yet another round of plunder by an institutionalized
kleptocracy which has grown fat and waxy while Greeks themselves have rarely
known stability or a decent standard of living that wasn’t bought with crazy
economics and funny money.
Okay, those are the headlines as the smug Antonis Samaras, leader of
‘New’ Democracy, heads back to the trough with a horrible self-satisfied
look on his pink snout.
But is it really quite that simple? I think not,
because the election as conducted was patently far from above board.
I have strong suspicions that the result was gerrymandered with the aid of
every trick in the book to fix the ‘correct’ result that will satisfy the
international money mafia.
Unfortunately, the Greek electoral system positively encourages dirty tricks
at the ballot box. In order to permanently institutionalize turn and
turn-about rule by the two major parties, they jointly cooked the
constitution so that whichever of them topped the poll would always earn a
bonus reward of fifty seats.
Yes that’s a nice top-up of obedient faceless cronies who get to run the
country having never, effectively, won the endorsement of anybody or
anything except the bigwigs of the heavily entrenched system.
Such an arrangement excludes the prospects of new non-establishment forces
breaking into what is effectively a private one-ring circus. You can hear
the sighs of relief from Wall Street to Washington and all stations in
between, but most prominently Frankfurt and Brussels, now that the fix has
triumphed on an impressive scale once again.
Now to the math behind this globalist victory. The result as declared places
a wafer thin 2.77% margin between the Samaras gang and the
Syriza left coalition headed by the
icon-breaker Alexis Tsipras, which I have previously written about.
In terms of opinion polls this is inside the usual 3% margin of error. In
terms of direct voting, it’s presented as a near-run thing, whereas the
correct way to interpret the narrow victory of the grim reaper Samaras and
his friends is to appreciate how constructively and finely fudged that
result actually is.
In brief, the percentage of votes that get mislaid, or overall are lost on
the way to the counting tables needs to be quite small to throw the result.
Greece uses a system of proportional representation (inexplicable to
Americans, but commonplace everywhere in Europe) which allows voters to mark
their preferences with a cross (up to five per ballot paper, depending on
the size of the constituency) selected from a list of candidates.
This, laughingly, is called the ‘reinforced’ proportional representation
system because it is ‘reinforced’ by the 50-seat bonanza the party with the
most votes receives.
This is a great playground for corruption, especially when you consider that
the counting and final calculations are performed inside the Interior
I wonder how many of those civil servants on the government payroll were
happy to go along with a victory by the arch left wing camp. Not many, I
dare hazard, even if some independent electoral commission is supposed to be
the overall umpire.
The cross-allocation of preferences so that the chaff (the unelectable) are
sorted from the wheat (the electable candidates) is a very complicated
affair anywhere this type of system (and there are many variants by the way)
is employed. Quite small manipulations of the preference votes produce
significant changes in candidates finally elected.
In the earlier May election, the difference between New Democracy and Syriza
was no more than a whisker close to 131,000 votes. The margin between the
two brand leaders, so to speak, was 3.7%. From the provisional figures that
we have seen so far, the margin has shrunk to 2.77%, and yet strangely the
winning margin miraculously expanded by a mere 40,000 votes in the space of
I dug out the final opinion poll forecasts published before the official
shutdown, two weeks before the elections. Here’s another odd thing: broadly
speaking, support for New Democracy and Syriza appeared to be declining in
equal proportions, from 27% down to a new floor of 20%.
Yet curiously neither of these predictions seemed to bear out the actual
trends in play. Both major parties piled on 10%. Clearly there was some
smart tweaking here.
Roughly speaking, New Democracy and Syriza speak for about 3.4 million
voters in Greece. Yet thanks to the grand bonus pile up, New Democracy bags
129 seats in the Vouli (the state parliament) while Syriza, which scored
statistically close to the same tally of votes won a measly tally of 72.
Using an image borrowed from Potterland, we recall the exciting wizard
broomstick game of Quidditch. Whoever grabs the ‘golden snitch’ wins the
game for his team. The golden snitch in Greece is the 50-seat bonus,
therefore the sole aim of the establishment system has been to wall that
massive margin off from Alexis Tsipras and his merry band at all costs.
Instead of flopping, the two main challengers gained almost exactly 10%
each. So, were the pollsters fawning to the system by playing with
expectations? Difficult to say, as always, but large gyrations on this scale
are definitely remarkable, very peculiar and miles outside the accepted
usual margin of error range.
I am dredging my memory to come up with a comparable shift in any
contemporary election elsewhere and so far I can discover nothing else quite
as epic on the Richter scale.
So much for the softball, now the hardball.
Already reports are coming out of Athens that speak of ballot boxes from
left-leaning districts of the city the contents of which either disappeared,
or in the case of one specific report, were burned. This happened in the
neighborhood of Exarchia, a famous nest of radical sympathizers near the
In the very familiar story of urban mercenaries responsible for the former
reign of terror in Greece, lasting for three decades, masked motorcyclists
suddenly descended on the local polling station, attacked two police guards
and torched a box of votes before speeding off. Such attacks turned out in
the Greek years of lead to mask terrorist acts by agents of the state.
Never mind the theatrics. I suspect the real fun went on with off-screen
massaging the preference votes in pursuit of that fabulous glittering
As it is, 55% of Greeks voted against the globalist rape of their country,
yet they are now landed with a kowtowing government which intends to roll
over on its back and purr.
How Orwellian is that? Greeks are back, in a marvelous phrase of George
Orwell’s, to the ‘ordinary dirtiness of politics,’ to which I might add the
sheer fakery of the debased electoral system. Vote for this and get
something else altogether.
When the EU smash-and-grab troika gathers later this month, expect the
rollout of Bailout Bazooka Mark III. The masters of the universe will
stretch the repayment elastic 3 to 5 years but demand deeper cuts in public
spending over the same period. Samaras the Golden Snitcher will return to
the sullen masses of Greece and present the New Deal as a miracle from the
gods, a full vindication of his campaign promises.
In fact Greece will be sold further down the river of debt and grinding
social impoverishment. To offer but one example, Greek hospitals have run
out of all main necessities including basic surgical equipment, bandages,
and syringes. Doctors and nurses are struggling to keep their patients
succored and alive on a war zone basis. There is no money to pay for
One reason is that Samaras and his pals in the out-going coalition looted
state hospital budgets to ward off the squawking vultures of Wall Street.
They dished out the same treatment to the universities and every state-owned
What is so utterly sickening is to hear organs like,
the Financial Times
the Wall Street Journal
all the hordes of media wolves, howling at
the Greeks throughout the recent election campaigns, to grin and bear it,
and swallow the medicine.
Unfortunately, as the grim plight of the hospitals demonstrates, there is
practically none of the genuine article to go around.
The global corporate media presented the Greek electorate - as if they had
any rights to do so - with an epic Manichean struggle between the forces of
light and dark, good and evil, a preposterous and absurdly distorted cartoon
of the realities.
I stand with Paul Krugman on this. Greece is being sacrificed on the
altar of an artificial currency that doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in
hell of surviving.
As the Nobel prized winning economist observes, far from lazy southern work
skimpers, Greeks work longer hours for much lower wages than Angela Merkel’s
pampered work-shy Germans.
It will all end badly. As soon as Greeks realize they have been cheated once
again, there will be serious trouble on the streets. I suspect that many,
even a majority, understand this but desperately hope that somehow their
pitiless persecutors will relent before the nightmare scenario actually
They will not. It may be quite fantastic, but Merkel does not seem to give a
plump worstel that Greece is now openly described as German colony.
Her grip on economics is famously feeble, a characteristic of her
government. She has only one objective in mind, which is to prevent the
Fatherland from dumping the euro in the great sewage ditch known as the
That is indeed destined to be euro’s watery fate, though probably not before
we once again hear the crump of army boots and the squeaking grind of tank
tracks down the thoroughfares of Athens.
Since filing this report I was directed to an
extremely interesting site which deals with vote rigging.
Rather than make a summary I suggest that
check it out here. There they will find an
expert analysis of voter manipulation which call into doubt for
example, the recent recall election in Wisconsin, among other examples.
The author starts with these sentiments:
“If vote-rigging prospers, none may call it
vote-rigging. It simply becomes the new norm.”
The writer’s point is basically the same as
mine: where there are wild variations outside arithmetical expectations,
then, as Sherlock Holmes would say, “something is afoot.”
The author of the piece, Bob Fitrakis, is basically suggesting that all
elections in the US are fraudulent, so we have no reason to
believe that others in foreign countries should be any exception.