When political leaders make speeches in the Parliament, they do not intend to influence a debate ’s outcome, since that is already known. Their aim is to make the best impression.
Who delivered the best “punch lines,” whose appearance was most leaderlike in a theatrical sense, who received the loudest applause from fellow party members, and who provided newspapers with the best headlines.
All of these were evident during the recent discussion on pension reforms on the part of both the Greek prime minister and the main opposition party leader.
But there was something else remarkably evident, possibly with positive consequences for the country ’s future.
Greece’s conviction – finally – of the failed hard-line statism in the name of an irresponsible, supposedly anthropocentric theory, which adds misery to the people and deprives them of their dignity.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis presented a modernized philosophy successfully implemented in numerous Eurozone countries, as well as in the United States, unlike Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ like supposedly leftwing philosophy, which has done nothing but bring chaos wherever it has been applied.
Mitsotakis said nothing new; he merely spoke of decades-long practices, of an open market policy that has contributed to the rapid growth of Western countries initially, and of Asian countries today.
But he made the statements, in Parliament, and in front of a “leftist” government.
And that’s what matters. For even if these things are known to everyone, no one dared say them in the past, for fear of the reactions by “progressive” politicians and unfortunately the media.
“We need something more,” Mitsotakis stated. “We need a government that believes in the power of a free economy in order to generate wealth. That understands the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship.”
And he added: “we can reduce waste, but primarily we can redesign and restructure public administration in order to achieve more, with less.”
That is the root of the Greek problem.
From the moment that years of statistical sleight of hand have been revealed, if the model doesn’t change, if it does not move along the lines of an open economy used successfully in other developed countries, then surely more memoranda are going to follow, more misery, more mockery of the Greek name, less sovereignty, waves of young Greeks migrating to foreign countries, and who knows what else.
And another thing: an “agreement of truth” is the prerequisite for the smooth progression of the present situation and economic growth. As Mitsotakis put it, “an agreement that tackles the biggest issue between citizens and politicians: the utter lack of trust.”
That speech, therefore, is likely to be a memorable one.