What is the point of a left government without left governance?
Lets reflect for a moment what the left was about and what it was supposed to bring to Greece beyond the economic.
The left represents openness, it represents social progress, liberaltion, equality. Greece is a deeply regressive state. The church dominates education, gay rights are ignored in practice, family life is deeply patriarchal, religious and ethnic minorities are ‘tolerated’ at best.
The left of Mr Tsipras had opportunities on all these areas. We need a revision of the constitution to formally separate church and state, we need religious education (the bastion of propaganda and prejuduice) excluded from the school curriculum. We need the compassion of the left to counter nationalism and fanaticism.
Syriza in its frankenstein collaboration with far right ANEL has no interest in any of this. Syriza embraces the church, keeps education religiously defined, exempts the church from capital controls.
Syriza organises junta like feasts and national pride events wasting millions in parades and military stunts.
Syriza ignores the plight of refugees, playing along with a far-right exclusionary agenda, failing to confront the inaction and inactivity of the EU on the ONE issue it could occupy the moral high ground. Alas, it is Mrs Merkel that has become the champion of humanity in Europe.
What a betrayal of the values of the left.
Mr Tsipras is content to play Papandreou without the money, or the charisma. He is an ersatz Papandreou that replicates the worst of the ‘establishment’ practices he supposedly opposes. He gets jobs for his supporters (see FinMin cleaners being given court jobs). His ministers proclaim to work for their voters (less than 2/5 of the vote in an election where almost half the population abstained). Mr Tsipras ignores corruption and glosses over allegations touching Syriza members and government ministers, while at the same time interfering with independent authorities. Mr Tsipras is content to legislate using emergency processes, something he decried while in opposition.
And you know what the laughable thing behind all this is? The ‘Best Government of All Time’ is not even meeting the milestones of Bailout 3, which makes it very likely that no further payments will be made, re-opening the credit crunch- deflationary vortex that swallowed the country this summer.
Failure, lies, betrayal, “Defteri Fora Aristera”