I went to an anti-austerity rally with Yanis Varoufakis where adult women were brought to tears


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Me taking a really bad stealth selfie with former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis in the background.

Yanis Varoufakis has held onto his political and economic rockstar status even after stepping down as Greece's finance minister. 

On Monday night, he was the key speaker at an anti-austerity event in London, hosted by campaign group the People's Assembly. He was pretty much mobbed by fans from the moment he set foot in the building until the moment he left.

But it's not just about his looks, although there were people on the verge of tears to be close to him. He delivered some of the most cutting and clear reasons for why he thinks austerity should be abolished and that it does not work in any country.

"I have news for you - austerity sucks," he said to members of the audience of the centre which was so packed out, people were standing at the back of the auditorium for two hours. "If austerity was a student, it would fail. I would say, use Greece. Don't shun us, use us [to show how austerity doesn't work]. Greece is a laboratory of austerity."

The new leader of Britain's Labour party, radical left-wing politician Jeremy Corbyn, was also meant to be at the event but ducked out at the last minute. However, the new Labour party Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Diane Abbott made it and Varoufakis took this as an opportunity to give the left-wing party advice.


Check out the incredible night here.