Con­sen­sus is not an alibi

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Con­sen­sus may be the or­der of the day if Greece is to be saved, but New Democ­racy and the other op­po­si­tion par­ties can­not be asked to back the gov­ern­ment un­til cer­tain things are clar­i­fied. First of all, Prime Min­is­ter Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou has failed to be hon­est with the pub­lic about the short­com­ings of his eco­nomic pol­icy and where the coun­try finds it­self ex­actly in fis­cal terms. It is time that he did so. Next, he will have to sub­mit a very spe­cific and or­ga­nized plan of ac­tion so that ev­ery­one is aware of what ex­actly they are agree­ing to and what they’re back­ing. It goes with­out say­ing that Pa­pan­dreou also needs to cover his back within his own party and to make sure that he has a gov­ern­ment that be­lieves in the plan and is ca­pa­ble of im­ple­ment­ing it. So, when Pa­pan­dreou has a plan and when his gov­ern­ment is in a po­si­tion to ex­e­cute it, then he can ask for con­sen­sus from other par­ties, be­cause con­sen­sus is not about pro­vid­ing the gov­ern­ment with an alibi for all of its mis­takes and short­falls.

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