No more cartes blanches

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Vot­ers have heard enough lies and false prom­ises. Greece is pay­ing a hefty price for the fail­ure of po­lit­i­cal lead­ers to tell the truth about the cri­sis and for ap­point­ing gov­ern­ment jobs on the ba­sis of af­fil­i­a­tion, not merit. Peo­ple have re­warded politi­cians who pledged hand­outs or an end to aus­ter­ity – and then come the hard facts that led to anger and dis­ap­point­ment. It’s time that we, cit­i­zens, be­come bet­ter in­formed and more crit­i­cal “clients.” We too are re­spon­si­ble for be­liev­ing in pipe dreams. Mi­grat­ing to the far ends of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum is of course not a so­lu­tion. We must de­mand from lead­ers of the main par­ties that they clar­ify who they will gov­ern with, how they will tackle the cri­sis within the tight time frame of the new mem­o­ran­dum, and how they plan to han­dle the mi­gra­tion cri­sis. No more cartes blanches to politi­cians. At the end of the day, Greece would never have reached its cur­rent state if it were not for our own vote.

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