Op­po­si­tion should only go so far

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It is rather shock­ing to see the ab­hor­rence that the mere idea of a na­tional con­sen­sus on the gov­ern­ment’s re­form pro­gram stirs in cer­tain cir­cles of the op­po­si­tion New Democ­racy party. It’s true they’re right when they ar­gue that Prime Min­is­ter Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou needs to en­sure that there is con­sen­sus within his own gov­ern­ment be­fore he goes around ask­ing for other par­ties to sup­port his ef­forts. They are also right when they ac­cuse him of hav­ing made a crim­i­nal mis­take back when he was in op­po­si­tion by re­fus­ing to pub­licly ex­press his sup­port for cer­tain nec­es­sary and in­escapable mea­sures in­tro­duced by the for­mer premier, Costas Kara­man­lis. How­ever, the sit­u­a­tion is very much changed to­day and Greece is on the brink of col­lapse. Given the sever­ity of the cir­cum­stances, it is ridicu­lous to see cer­tain New Democ­racy of­fi­cials scram­bling in such a way to win a frac­tion of a per­cent­age point in a pub­lic opin­ion poll. Pub­lic opin­ion de­mands con­sen­sus and a ral­ly­ing of po­lit­i­cal par­ties, not the kind of op­po­si­tional pol­i­tics that be­longs to a dif­fer­ent decade.

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