I am a great admirer of James Fallows, but was dismayed to see him write this:
I am as happy as the next person to see the well-deserved end to Silvio Berlusconi’s reign in Italy. But I don’t think many people can, or should, feel too happy about this second resignation of a democratically elected government (after Papandreou in Greece) because of pressure from bankers outside the country’s borders.
Actually it’s the third resignation of a democratically elected government — Portugal’s was the first.
But I have noticed that, after serving its turn on the world stage as designated whipping post, Portugal promptly dropped from view. The moment it accepted the bailout, it ceased to exist as far as international coverage was concerned.
Mr. Fallows, you should know better. We may be small, but that doesn’t mean we’re not here. In fact, along with Ireland, we’re doing the best of all the troubled EU nations in our efforts to turn things around. As we head into deeper recession and suffer ever more with the austerity measures, a little recognition of our existence would be nice.