Interesting development in the austerity test-lab known as Greece, where a Metro strike has been broken up by riot police.
Greece breaks up Athens metro strike | World news | guardian.co.uk
Much of the economic debate on p.ie seems to revolve around two radically opposed interpretations of austerity:State-run television showed police handing strikers civil mobilisation papers. The workers, who had defied court decisions labelling the action "illegal and abusive", face immediate arrest and loss of jobs if they refuse to return to work in the next 24 hours.
1. That it is merely an economic necessity - a pragmatic balancing of the books after years of credit-fuelled profligacy.
2. That is is an ideological attack on workers, the poor, and social democratic rights by a neo-liberal elite.
Perhaps it is both - but 'shock doctrine' style suspensions of fundamental rights, as apparently happened in Greece today, surely make it harder to ignore the ideological underbelly of austerity politics.