The gov­ern­ment’s three­fold goal

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ANGELOS STANGOS

Greeks love con­spir­acy the­o­ries and a re­ally juicy one can ex­plain ev­ery­thing, while at the same time ab­solv­ing them of any re­spon­si­bil­ity. This has been more than ev­i­dent over the course of the cri­sis, which has been at­trib­uted to all sorts of for­eign forces. Mean­while, any ef­fort at self­crit­i­cism has been re­jected as un­con­scionable by the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship, many par­ties and the ma­jor­ity of the me­dia and so­cial net­works. On the other hand, a co­in­ci­dence that keeps re­peat­ing it­self stops be­ing a co­in­ci­dence, and in this re­spect, a con­spir­acy the­ory has be­come a tool that shapes the coali­tion gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sions and ac­tions – a gov­ern­ment which has proved that some­thing much worse lurks be­hind ev­ery­thing it does and says. In short, there is noth­ing co­in­ci­den­tal about the tim­ing be­tween the in­tro­duc­tion of a bar­rage of new taxes and con­tri­bu­tion hikes, along with new cuts, just as the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem is be­ing stirred by pro­pos­als for changes to the elec­toral law, a con­sti­tu­tional re­view and a shake-up of tele­vi­sion li­cens­ing pro­ce­dures. These are nat­u­rally very se­ri­ous is­sues but they have no im­me­di­ate im­pact on the peo­ple’s daily lives and of­fer no re­lief in their suf­fer­ing. The SYRIZA-In­de­pen­dent Greeks gov­ern­ment, how­ever, should be ac­knowl­edged for its commu- nica­tion skills: It is pro­foundly cyn­i­cal, has no qualms about con­tra­dict­ing it­self and could not care less about the con­se­quences of its ac­tions on the coun­try. At the same time, the truth is that it can do what it likes be­cause the par­ties of the op­po­si­tion are in a vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion. New move­ment and par­ties are con­stantly crop­ping up in the cen­ter and cen­ter-left, while con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion New Democ­racy is con­stantly be­ing chal­lenged by dis­agree­ments and ri­val­ries. Then we must also ac­count for other in­sti­tu­tional and non-in­sti­tu­tional forces that are try­ing to in­flu­ence pol­icy. Any true ob­server of po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments can see that the gov­ern­ment is try­ing to achieve a three­fold goal with the elec­tion law re­form. It wants to draw peo­ple’s at­ten­tion away from their prob­lems (to which the gov­ern­ment has con­trib­uted), to cre­ate con­fu­sion and divi­sion among the op­po­si­tion and to reap any pos­si­ble ben­e­fits from the de­vel­op­ments that fol­low, pos­si­bly at their own ini­tia­tive. The same goes for its plans to change the way the pres­i­dency op­er­ates, the con­sti­tu­tional re­view and, of course, the mas­sive shake-up of broad­cast­ing. We can­not know whether any of this will work, but if there is some­thing be­hind it all, it has to do with elec­tions or a ref­er­en­dum. Sooner rather than later.

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