Sneaky leg­is­la­tion

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The govern­ment’s habit of throw­ing amend­ments at law­mak­ers – usu­ally tucked be­tween reams of com­pletely un­re­lated leg­is­la­tion – with­out giv­ing them time to pe­ruse their con­tents and un­der­stand what they are all about is a con­tin­u­a­tion of a very bad tra­di­tion in the Greek political sys­tem. Back when the now rul­ing SYRIZA and In­de­pen­dent Greeks par­ties were in the op­po­si­tion, they were both par­tic­u­larly scathing about this way of pass­ing leg­is­la­tion when it was prac­ticed by its pre­de­ces­sors, yet the govern­ment is do­ing the ex­act same thing now. This may not be the big­gest is­sue that we should be con­cern­ing our­selves with right now, but we shouldn’t for­get the fact that these amend­ments and this method of push­ing them through un­der­mine democ­racy as they of­ten hide mea­sures de­signed to ben­e­fit vested in­ter­ests and lobby groups.

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