Europe is falling apart. US President Obama has the nerve to tel the EU to sort its problems out fast. If the situation was not so dire it would make you laugh.
America has taken many EU countries into expensive conflicts such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. At a time when supposedly government coffers are running low, if not empty, huge amounts of money have been found to destroy countries. The expensive killing machine continues.
America struggles to control its own spending and debt but with the usual arrogant stance tells others what to do. In the UK we reply President Obama with, "Get your own house in order first". Has he never heard the expression that "People in glass houses should not throw stones"?
As a European there is much to cause concern. As debts snowball in many EU countries successive leaders are falling from grace, only to be replaced with non-elected leaders. In Greece the Prime Minister has been replaced with a former banker. Bankers in the UK are generally helped mainly responsible for the global economic crisis.
Italy quickly followed suit and finally Sylvio Berlusconi is to be replaced. He had remained in power in spite of many attempts to remove him. His indiscretions made no impact but Italy's mounting debts sealed his fate.
Although Greece and Italy are to hold elections early in 2012 in the meantime they are ruled by a non elected government. It does not matter how you dress it up that is fact.
The West continues to berate the Middle East for having non-elected leaders but seems happy to follow suit here.
However much the "money men" and parliamentarians demand austerity measures and stringent cuts if the people will not accept then they are screwed. After all it is the ordinary man and woman who will have their standard of living cut, perhaps to the point of extreme. Those in power will continue to prosper. They make the rules and ensure that they will profit by them.
The Coalition government in the UK is full of millionaires who could survive without their parliamentary income. Yet they still rep the benefit of subsidies and unnecessary expenses. Leaders may posture, pose, ramble and in effect decide the future of us all but we may turn a deaf ear to them.
In too many countries it is young people who are unemployed yet the retirement age is set to increase. What false economy. A lost generation will feel ever more alienated from society and society will ultimately feel the brunt of their anger and despair.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog