End of Patience.
It is easy to ride on a horse and conquer a country, but much more difficult to get down from the horse and run it. Genghis Khan.
If you are Constantine Karamanlis junior, or George Papandreou you probably agree with that.
Karamanlis had promised re-foundation of the state and was voted in office to do it. When he “got down from the horse”, after getting what he wanted, he forgot the promise and went to sleep. He, once again, showed to the people that a Greek Politician’s challenge is the campaign, the struggle to win the election, not the delivery of the goods. Same for Papandreou who methodically misled the people to believe in him and give him their vote in the hope that … and instead got a cold bath in the winter.
These two usurpers of the Nation’s confidence, genuine con men, should be arrested and brought to Justice charged with F r a u d. Also, some media claims should be investigated; claims that the Papandreou family profited from George’s handling of the situation he got the country in to.
Why could not the two “babes” deliver? Because they have learned their lessons well, from the living examples of others, the lessons being that Greek politics are all fraudulent talk, not action.
John Papadopoulos has run out of patience and demands that these two be made examples of the fate of unethical politicians, a warning to the splinters of PASOK and to the clowns of NEW DEMOCRACY who claim they have the right prescriptions for the country’s illness and will have it up and running in no time when they become Government, ignoring the fact that according to the opinion surveys they will head a coalition. A Greek Coalition Government! A Greek Coalition (?) Government ! !
A PASOK luminary and prominently close to the former Prime Minister, Simitis, publically admitted that he received ONE MILLION Euros (only?) which he deposited to the PASOK Party account. That sum came to him from a foreign supplier, in appreciation of what? Is this legal? Is this moral? Is this a lesson for the coming generation of Greek Politicians? To Greek Justice evidently it is, hence its indifference to the flagrant violation of the law.
A former PASOK prominent Minister ignores traffic rules and resists arrest when stopped by the police. He feels he is above the law and so does the police which grants him exemption from the consequence of his behavior, which, in the case of ordinary citizens, would have brought arrest, custody and transfer, in custody, the next morning, to the court of first instance to face the consequences. His Socialist instincts were offended when the Minister of Public Order invited the policemen to his office to congratulate them for stopping the former “dignitary” (congratulate them for doing what they are supposed to do?) who then, offended by this, appeared on TV to remind the Minister and the Nation, that were it not for his introducing the Minister to Andreas Papandreou (the founder of the Panhellenic SOCIALIST Party –PASOK) decades ago, when the Minister was a promising young Socialist, he would not have climbed the ladder to Socialistic prominence! Socialism … Greek version.
John Papadopoulos has run out of patience and demands that these two PASOK former luminaries be treated like ordinary citizens and face the consequence of their insolence and i l l e g a l actions as true socialists, that they are?
John Papadopoulos has run out of patience and demands that the President of the Republic speaks out, on behalf of the citizens of Greece, who are supposed to be equal with equal rights and equal obligations according to the Constitution, and asks that the law be applied and those responsible for granting these two specimens of the PASOK character immunity for their actions, face the consequence. The Police and Justice should no longer operate with double standards.
John Papadopoulos demands that Greek Justice takes itself seriously and operates like British or German or French Justice does … blindly … efficiently.
Papandreou and his Government undertook to implement a program aimed at reducing the deficit and move the country forward to financial self sufficiency. The program was painful and entailed some of what the Greeks call “political cost”. This in 2010. They, therefore, did nothing, so a new program was agreed with the lenders of Greece, who keep the country afloat and in the Eurozone, but again the Papandreou Government refrained from implementing it, to the chagrin of the Troika and the people of Greece who are now in an even tighter bind. Papandreou and his Government, indeed the two Ministers of the Economy, have sacrificed the country to secure their political franchise in view of the probable elections. Is this neglect of duty, to say the least? Betrayal of confidence? Refusal to conform with agreements, resulting in the increased suffering of the Nation? Breach of contract?
How did Greece become so heavily indebted? Is Karamanlis alone to be blamed for this? Why was the Nation kept in the dark and misled to believe in the illusion of National Prosperity? Karamanlis inherited a National Debt Mount equal to about 100% of GDP and delivered to Papandreou a Debt equal to 145% of GDP. Why? To fool the Greeks? Give them a false sense of prosperity and keep them voting for him? He run the ship aground, so he must face the consequence.
Papandreou failed to do what he could/should have done, the day after he won the election, so he too must face the consequence.
Are both guilty of misconduct, to say the least, and of deceit? Why did they never tell the Greeks the truth about the state of the national debt and what the consequence of excessive debt is? Papandreou even promised salaries raises and when challenged with the question : whence the money : he replied with the now famous phrase … MONEY IS AVAILABLE.
John Papadopoulos demands that just as the captain of a ship is brought to justice, when his ship runs aground, hull is damaged and oil spills out damaging the echo system, Karamanlis and Papandreou, captains of the ship called Greece, be brought to justice on the same charges … neglect of professional duty with consequential damage and fraud (what they promised - what they delivered).
A former Minister of National defense who procured armaments from Germany is not only rumored in Greece, but also mentioned, in Germany, as recipient of gifts. A lot of fuss in Greece about him but no action. He can no longer be tried for his alleged misdeeds because of the time lapse. Politicians are well protected, in Greece.
John Papadopoulos demands that his alleged misdeeds are presented time and again in the media with the question put blindly : Whence his obvious wealth? He can keep all his wealth, but he should be striped of his dignity.
The current Minister of the National Economy, in the years preceding the 2004 Athens Olympics, was Minister of Culture, responsible for the preparation of the 2004 OLYMPICS installations and indeed the timely construction of the necessary venues. Under his supervision there were delays upon delays to the point where the International Olympic Committee threatened to move the games to another country and the foreign press was jokingly warning that there would be a strong smell of paint everywhere at the start of the games, because every thing would be completed the day before the start.
Well, as a result of the delays, attributable to legal tangling, he had to assign various projects to contractors, no time for the routine of bids. The Athens OLYMPICS materialized at a cost 50% higher than budgeted.
To help his home city and electoral base, Thessaloniki, shine as European Cultural Capital for a year, he spent and spent and then spent.
Knowing Greek politicians one wanders about the delays which “forced” him to “assign” projects for the OLYMPICS and about the cost overruns, as well as about the excessive spending for Thessaloniki.
John Papadopoulos would like to have the man thoroughly investigated for having spent Greek tax payers’ money in a fashion that raises questions.
The Greek Political System is, for all intents and purposes, defunct and Greece is an inch away from the exit of the Eurozone and a step away from the entrance of Hell.
These people are a curse to Greece.
John Papadopoulos would like that ALL those who have been elected to Parliament and, or, have held a position of responsibility in Government and, or, a Public Entity, from 1974 to the present, be disqualified from eligibility for public office, for life, on the grounds of collective responsibility for the creation of the present debilitating state of the Greek Public Finances and State Mechanism. They deserve much worse than dishonor, but what is important is that they are barred from continuing their shenanigans and thus make way for a NEW BREED of capable people who can inject new thinking to Governance and gain the respect and, indeed, the support of the country’s friends, as is the case with Italy’s Monti Government.
Of course this can not come about unless the people of Greece so decide, therefore the only way to keep the rascals away is to refrain from voting for any of them, better to stay home on election day, or cast a blank ballot.
The country needs NEW PEOPLE, NEW IDEAS, a NEW COURSE and John Papadopoulos demands no less than that.
Irresponsible, self serving leaderships have relegated Greece to pariah status in the EU and the Eurozone, with European leaders stating that Greece should not have been included in the Eurozone.
Responsible, capable leadership can change all that and demonstrate that the Greeks are as good as the others and that Greece deserves its place in the Eurozone. Greece can emulate the success of the others by doing what they have done. How to do it is common sense. A step by step change brings friction and delays at a time when Greece must “hurry”. Shock therapy is advisable to shake up everybody, get the toxins out of the National “body”, stretch the National “muscles” and have the country surge forward in fervor. What is required is a PLAN with which to negotiate with the troika ways to grow while keeping in view the need to scale down debt.
John Papadopoulos has had enough. John Papadopoulos demands leaders with boldly innovative thinking. For example.
Jobless people to be encouraged to start their own business by receiving help for the necessary training and subsidies of sorts to get started.
Casinos can bring Tourists year round, so the existing casinos to be made a Tourist attraction, advertised/promoted year round.
New talent to be “imported” from Eurozone countries, indeed Germany and “planted” in the Greek State Mechanism, to bring in NEW THINKING.
Manufacturing to be motivated to invest in NEW TECHNOLOGIES which can substantially contribute to COMPETITIVENESS, increase sales per employee and remove the burden of lower cost from wage concessions to investment in technology.
John Papadopoulos has run out of patience. Politicians beware.