Dou­ble stan­dards

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In the years fol­low­ing the mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ship, also known here as the Me­tapo­litefsi, the Greek left was cleansed of its sins. It ac­quired some kind of right to judge ev­ery­one and not be judged it­self. Chal­leng­ing left­ist or pop­ulist stereo­types and taboos was usu­ally met with heavy crit­i­cism. Left­ist prin­ci­ples com­manded re­spect even within PA­SOK and New Democ­racy.The value of entrepreneurship, the need for a smaller and more ef­fi­cient state, for law and or­der, fis­cal dis­ci­pline and pa­tri­o­tism all be­came anath­ema. In the past few months we have seen this im­mu­nity of the left be­ing put on show. The SYRIZA-led gov­ern­ment ap­pointed cronies, is­sued pres­i­den­tial de­crees and catered to union­ist de­mands – all ac­tions that would have sparked out­rage had they come from a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. We must fi­nally do away with such fix­a­tions. Left­ists, cen­trists and con­ser­va­tives must be judged by the same stan­dards of ethics and ef­fi­ciency.

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