Laws of maths still apply - even after Euro summit

Default and de-couple are Europe's least worse options

Bond yields are falling...
Douglas Carswell MP
On 15 December 2011 14:24

When Silvio Berlusconi quit as Italian Prime Minister a month ago, Italian bond yields were lower than they were yesterday. 

Far from fixing the problem the way many of the media pundits implied, appointing Mario Monti leader has left those willing to invest their own money in Italian debt with even less confidence than when the clown was at the helm.

Italian bond yields - a measure of risk - have spent most of the intervening month in the stratosphere, only falling back because central bankers have been buying Italian bonds with printed money.

Rather like the Euro summit last week, this is yet another illustration of how a problem of finance and mathematics cannot be solved by politics and communiqués

Two plus two does not equal two trillion, whether your Prime Minister is call Silvio or Mario - or even David.

The way out of the Euro debt crisis is by exiting the Euro.  As long as the Euro remains intact, millions of Europeans can only look forward to a life of crushing debt and falling living standards.

Allowing Italy and others to re-establish their own currencies, managed to suit their own needs, would enable Italy to prosper. Hundreds - perhaps thousands - of Italian businesses with world class products would suddenly become vastly more competitive and flourish. 

The politicians might not yet be saying it, but the mathematics says that default and de-couple remain Europe’s least worst options. 

Douglas Carswell is the Member of Parliament for Clacton. He tweets at @DouglasCarswell. This post was cross-posted with permission from his blog at

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