Vacuous barbs help no one
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.