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Thursday, 3 November 2011

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The Greek PM, after being frozen in carbonite by his electorate

The Greek PM George Papalazarou has stated firmly that democracy is alive and well in Greece, and that he has complete control over it. Earlier this week he promised that there would be a referendum on the austerity measures Greece had promised. These measures were agreed in meetings with the EU as part of a deal to secure more bailout money for the country's troubled economy. However, today he announced that there would be no such referendum.

The reason for the change was not because of a failure of democracy, said the Greek PM, or because of any other pressures. "It's because I already held the referendum in my own head and most voters that I imagined definitely agreed with me." He also mentioned that he had consulted the Oracle at Delphi, and in her hallucinogenic ramblings she definitely agreed that a referendum was not necessary.

In fact, Greece did not need to have any votes at all in future, because clearly they might compromise promises that the Prime Minister had already made. From now on, all major votes in the country would be decided by the PM holding secret talks with Germany, and then announcing the result. Following those announcements, he might then also promise more referenda on the already-made decision, before changing his mind again.

The PM also announced that he may resign, subject to a further referendum.

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