Let me say from the outset that I don’t exactly trust the reporting of the Daily Mail, and that if Greek children are being dumped in the streets, it’s not because their parents are poor, it’s because their parents are bad.
But let’s leave that argument aside and look at the logic of the less sensationalist claim:
Further evidence of Greeks feeling the pinch of austerity measures is the lack of aspirin and other medicines now available in the country.
Pharmacists are struggling to stock their shelves as the Greek government, which sets the prices for drugs, keeps them artificially low.
This means that firms are turning to sell the drugs outside of the country for a higher price — leading to stock depletion for Greeks.
That’s not the “pinch of austerity,” that’s the “pinch of price-fixing.” That’s what happens when you try to keep prices artificially low. That’s very basic economics, and if a reactionary right-wing rag like the Daily Mail doesn’t grasp this, Britain has no hope.
I do wonder what’s wrong with the Greek black market, though. Surely the same racketeers who keep drug stores in Istanbul full of pharmaceuticals that according to the law aren’t sold here could be helping to keep Greece in aspirin?