Opinionomics | 18 May 2012

Must-read comment and analysis. Featuring the Eurozone. Not featuring much optimism.

1. Greek €uro membership - It's about time to put Frank Sinatra on the record player (ConservativeHome)

Andrew Lilico is very angry about Greek bailouts, and wants criminal charges against Osborne and Darling.

2. Europe Overnight (Fed Watch)

Tim Duy calls for a program of bilateral transfers to Greece in exchange for radical, rapid restructuring of the economy. "Carrot, meet stick."

3. Greece: here come the vulture funds (Guardian)

"Financial 'investors' have already made a killing on Greek debt, but this activity isn't inevitable – such vultures can be challenged," writes Nick Dearden

4. Apocalypse Fairly Soon (New York Times)

Paul Krugman is not an optimist.

5. The tax justice movement is probably the most pro-business lobby in the world right now (Tax Research UK)

Richard Murphy argues that the tax justice movement is in favour of a level playing field, and against business abuse – a pro-, rather than anti-business message.

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Telegraph fires environmental journalist Geoffrey Lean

Some have suggested the move is due to the newspapers' scepticism about man-made climate change. 

Geoffrey Lean, the respected enviromental commentator and reporter, has been "pushed out" of the Telegraph, according to the writer. Lean, who pioneered the role of environmental correspondent almost forty years, joined the Telegraph in 2009 after 16 years at the Independent. "Telegraph is pushing me out," Lean tweeted a few days ago. The Telegraph's International Business Editor, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, tweeted "Departure of climate veteran @GeoffreyLean v sad for Telegraph colleagues. Conservative newspaper has lost a tireless voice for conservation". 

The loss of the respected Lean, some believe, is due to his longstanding support for the idea that climate change is manmade. 

I'm a mole, innit.