This past Monday I was asked to sign a public letter. Brief but heartfelt, it reminded the British of all that we owe the Greeks and urged that we lend them our support. It was to be published in a London paper just hours before the Greeks began to renege on what they owe us — or at least the International Monetary Fund.
The other signatories were flatteringly distinguished, the sentiment was fine, and the request came from the classicist Bettany Hughes, who is not to be refused. By Tuesday morning the letter was online. The trolls buzzed to life: ineffectual, sentimental, dons the lot of us, they said; were we going to pay off the debt?… Seguir leyendo »