The people who are demonstrating in cities throughout Europe however are being courageous and they are doing something positive. The people who have gathered in Trafalgar Square, Syntagma Square, Bastille Square and Puerta del Sol Square are not just a young mob of students, social workers and civil servants and UK Uncut troublemakers. They are ordinary people, yes there are socialists, communists, civil servants and students, but more importantly there are people who have lost their jobs and homes too.
Just remember, even though the PIIGS were recipients of all that EU funding, their citizens were not given a referendum on the EU either. They too, trusted their politicians just as we did, hoping that what they did, would enable them to create better futures for themselves and their children. They may have taken advantage of low interest loans but they were encouraged to do so and if they had been warned of the risks, they would probably have thought twice.
It's all very well for those of us not caught up in the debt trap to say, ah well, it's their fault but whether you like it or not, some greedy, corrupt people did very well out of their misery. Even now, the powers that be, are being paid extortionate salaries with solid gold pensions while Europe crumbles under their feet. You can bet your life that when it all falls apart, there will be many of them who have accrued nice little nest eggs to keep them in comfort for the rest of their lives. Nobody asked the people if it was OK to bail out the banks with their tax money and nobody is stopping the bankers of those institutions from taking their bonuses. Nobody is even asking their consent on any decisions made in their name at all! These people are campaigning for a return to democracy, something which is sadly lacking in the UK too.
The demonstrations started on local elections day in Spain. The message essentially was "vote none of the above". In the same way we have been campaigning against voting for Lib/Lab/Con because there's no difference between them. They want a complete change in the political system, just like we do, only they're doing something about it.
So, until the day comes that those who criticise get off their arses and start doing something positive, they need to climb down from their pedestals first.