Guest Viewpoints

The Moment of Truth is Near for Tsipras

September 6, 2016

The latest poll in Greece proves the saying that “you can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time” applies.

The poll reveals the massive disappointment of the Greek people in Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the incredible percentage of nine out of ten.

It is logical to expect that the people’s turnabout will accelerate as they are called upon to pay new taxes, in a nutshell, as the level of the government is revealed further.

You may ask yourself, is this collapse in Tsipras’ popularity in the best interests of the country?

I would say that it is not. The country – each country – needs an effective government, at least to a sufficient degree.

But PM Tsipras has no one else to blame but himself for the situation he is currently in, and for the worst one in which he will find himself, relatively soon.

This is due to the fact that he climbed to power through lies and he is governing with lies. And this inevitably will come back to bite him.

As good a public speaker as he may be, as much as he attempts to entrap the people with ideologically false dilemmas of a bygone era, he can not undo the reality which the people are living. Nor the country’s lack of credibility.

You may ask me, what else could he have done besides imposing the new property taxes, etc.

The answer is that they probably would not be necessary or would be of a much subtle kind if it wasn’t for his and former Finance Minister’ s Yanis Varoufakis’ adventurism, which cost the country tens of billions of euros.

If he had told the truth to the people – instead of promising to tear up the memoranda – he would have a much better political fate and the country would be in much better shape than it is today.

Some columnists claim that disappointed voters are not jumping over to the other side, to the leader of the opposition, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

It’s the same old tune. Perhaps they are doing it in small numbers now.

But it is certain that the current river will eventually become a torrent.

And this is because Kyriakos Mitsotakis is a responsible man, with subtle speech avoiding promises that are impossible to implement, with full awareness of the seriousness of the economic situation of the country – he studied at two of the best American universities and worked for leading companies for 10 years.

And this will not simply bring him to power. This is not the issue.

Once in power it will allow him to govern the country effectively and make decisions within the framework of western practice and ideology and with the support of the people who will not feel betrayed.




Note: Ismini Lamb and Christopher Lamb, co-authors of The Gentle American: George Horton’s Odyssey and His True Account of the Smyrna Catastrophe shared the following list with The National Herald in time for this year’s centennial of the Smyrna Catastrophe.

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