Editorial: Mr. Papandreou and the legacy of a faction
It is a fact that aside from its given and undisputed political sins, the center left has paid and continues to pay for the crisis…
It is a fact that aside from its given and undisputed political sins, the center left has paid and continues to pay for the crisis, perhaps more than its fair share. It is also a fact it is paying for the sins of a torn leading group, which is unable to uphold the faction’s interests and is exhausted in a destructive war for personal survival.
The last instance in this internal war of personal imposition is the effort of Mr. Papandreou to create, as it would seem, of a new party or even claim to return to PASOK. His intentions were made rather clear in his speech in Kozani: “All of us who share the same values must take things in our hands. A grassroots movement”.
“We must organize ourselves, network and not expect a solution from the indigenous or outside saviors”. After many months of comments, leaks and separating himself from his party’s current leadership, it looks like the dice has finally been cast…
It is his right of course to once again claim the vote of the people, who will be the ultimate judges of his choices. Before Mr. Papandreou blasts everyone, he had the obligation towards the people who entrusted him with the government of the country to recognize his own serious responsibilities for today’s situation.
When he was care-free and unsuspecting, he was unable to realize the situation of the country and the economy and tried to tackle the imminent storm with erratic moves. Later we had the infamous referendum and the meeting in Cannes, with the humiliating– both for him and the country – reaction of the Europeans.
Therefore he is not blameless like he likes to believe. Neither can he constantly pin the responsibility for the decay of the once-mighty PASOK on his successors. His choices and tactics were a major contribution to the party’s erosion.
Unfortunately for Mr. Papandreou leaders are not judged by their name, their intentions or their promises. They are judged by the politics and from they understand and assume their responsibilities. Mr. Papandreou truly carries a historic name that determined – both positively and negatively – our history following the restoration of democracy. But that is not enough for him to continue to claim the legacy of an entire faction.