There is no low they won’t stoop to

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ANGELOS STANGOS

en to a whole new level and for new heights of ridicu­lous­ness. The past will cast its shadow over the present and the fu­ture. In short, the SYRIZA-In­de­pen­dent Greeks coali­tion ap­pears de­ter­mined to go the whole hog and damn the con­se­quences. Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras is the one who’s set­ting the tone. It was he who thumped his chest and made so many threats in the past, ladling out delu­sional pledges that were tri­umphantly ex­posed, with­out, how­ever, his party suf­fer­ing any con­se­quences. It was he who wa­gered the coun­try’s fu­ture with the pre­pos­ter­ous Ya­nis Varo­ufakis and his shenani­gans. And now it is he who is de­fend­ing the un­ac­cept­able be­hav­ior of Panos Kam­menos, Pav­los Po­lakis and other gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials be­hav­ing in an un­ac­cept­able man­ner. He is calling all the political shots and guid­ing or as­sign­ing roles to his un­der­lings. There is no doubt of this. Tsipras has set the stage: He’s got Kam­menos stir­ring the pot in Par­lia­ment by fling­ing out names and ac­cu­sa­tions that have noth­ing to do with each other; he’s got Po­lakis and Dim­itris Pa­pan­gelopou­los at­tack­ing the jus­tice sys­tem when its de­ci­sions are deemed un­fa­vor­able; he’s got Nikos Toskas pro­tect­ing the no-in­ter­ven­tion sta­tus of the crime of hot­bed that is Exarchia with ex­cuses and dis­trac­tions; he’s got Nikos Pap­pas talk­ing about Greece’s dy­namic en­try into space tech­nol­ogy; and last but not least, he’s got Dion­y­sis Tsak­nis in­au­gu­rat­ing a mon­u­ment for those who “fell” for state broad­caster ERT when it was shut down a few years ago – and then re­opened. This all comes on top of pan­der­ing to the strik­ing garbage col­lec­tors, avoid­ing struc­tural change, ap­point­ing cronies to the higher ech­e­lons of the civil ser­vice, let­ting dis­ci­plined state em­ploy­ees off the hook and so much more. And above all and ev­ery­one else, we had Tsipras him­self putting up more smoke­screens by stress­ing the need to “purge” the past in or­der to skate past the present and this gov­ern­ment’s an­tics. We are most def­i­nitely in for a very bumpy ride.

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