Un­wor­thy of as­sess­ment

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY MARIA KATSOUNAKI

mit­ted to Par­lia­ment, fruit­less con­sul­ta­tions be­tween gov­ern­ment min­is­ters and union rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and strong op­po­si­tion from gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, not to men­tion vot­ers. Nei­ther politi­cians nor the peo­ple like rules, re­views or com­par­isons be­cause these rep­re­sent an ob­sta­cle to the dom­i­nant pa­tron­client sta­tus. Eval­u­a­tion is frowned upon and this is re­flected in the choices of the elec­torate as well as the lan­guage of Greece’s lead­ers. In Alexis Tsipras’s tele­vised ad­dress on Thurs­day, in which he an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion as prime min­is­ter, open­ing the path to snap elec­tions, the left­ist leader once again turned to the “sov­er­eign peo­ple,” say­ing, “Who can best ne­go­ti­ate debt re­lief and how? Who can make the cer­tain and steady steps in the di­rec­tion of the re­forms which the coun­try needs and how? You, with your vote, will be the judge of all of us.” This con­ve­nient al­liance be­tween two eval­u­a­tion-free par­ties is the foun­da­tion of the frag­ile con­tract be­tween the peo­ple and politi­cians ahead of ev­ery elec­tion. Our vot­ing pref­er­ences are mainly driven by self-in­ter­est. Farm­ers tend to sup­port those politi­cians who pledge to make sure they get to keep their tax breaks. Sim­i­larly, prop­erty own­ers vote for those who prom­ise that the

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