Trans­par­ent trick­ery

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The cit­i­zens of this coun­try are per­fectly ca­pa­ble of mak­ing the dis­tinc­tion be­tween gen­uine ef­forts to seek po­lit­i­cal con­sen­sus and fancy fire­works de­signed to mis­lead pub­lic opin­ion and simply cre­ate the im­pres­sion that agree­ment is be­ing sought. This is some­thing that the gov­ern­ment should not for­get, es­pe­cially dur­ing its suc­ces­sive ef­forts to paper over its own mis­takes in hope that they would go away. To give an ex­am­ple, right now it is ob­vi­ous that the gov­ern­ment is try­ing to split the op­po­si­tion camp by pan­der­ing to forces on the right of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum that had agreed with some of its po­si­tions back when left­ist SYRIZA was still in the op­po­si­tion. Times, how­ever, have changed, and the peo­ple are no longer as gullible as they may have once been, de­spite their des­per­a­tion. The bot­tom line is that Greece is in des­per­ate need of con­sen­sus on the im­por­tant is­sues, not tricks that lead to noth­ing but more con­fu­sion.

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