Vac­u­ous barbs help no one

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Calls for con­sen­sus be­tween Greece’s po­lit­i­cal par­ties, which is cru­cial in in­tro­duc­ing and im­ple­ment­ing a nec­es­sary pack­age of aus­ter­ity mea­sures as re­quested by our in­ter­na­tional len­ders, seem to be fall­ing on deaf ears. Greece’s po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and of­fi­cials need to re­al­ize that no one out there is re­ally in­ter­ested any­more in their re­cur­ring ex­changes of barbs and ac­cu­sa­tions, sim­i­lar to that which took place in Par­lia­ment on Tues­day night af­ter Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Theodoros Pan­ga­los said PASOK’s elec­tion in 1981 “was the first un­hin­dered and in­dis­putable ex­pres­sion of pub­lic will.” Such vac­u­ous con­fronta­tions only con­trib­ute to the cre­ation of ar­ti­fi­cial ten­sion in the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem – but the pub­lic has no in­ter­est in such cheap po­lit­i­cal the­ater. Rather, what the peo­ple care about is about whether Greece’s politi­cians have what it takes to pull the coun­try out of the fis­cal hole it has dug it­self into. The tac­tics of po­lar­iza­tion, em­ployed for years by both So­cial­ist and con­ser­va­tive of­fi­cials, concern a nar­row cir­cle of par­ti­san politi­cians, but they cer­tainly put off the vast ma­jor­ity of the pub­lic.

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