What Parliament do we want?

Some may remember the MP who in 2011 hid in the toilets in Parliament in order to avoid having to take a stand in the voting for…

What Parliament do we want? | tovima.gr

Some may remember the MP who in 2011 hid in the toilets in Parliament in order to avoid having to take a stand in the voting for the bailout.

That was an extreme case, but we experienced something similar two nights ago. MPs from all sections were absent, ignoring their primary duty: to vote and represent the people.

There are many names, so let us single out a few: Government Vice President Dragasakis, Defense Minister and government partner Kammenos, former Prime Minister Samaras, former Prime Minister Karamanlis, PASOK President Gennimata, former Ministers Meimarakis, Stamatis, Kikilias, Georgiadis, Staikouras, Karagounis and more…

None of them had a serious reason to be absent – after all in such cases it is customary to send in a letter on how they intended to vote. Therefore they have an obligation to explain why they were absent: were they afraid of the political cost of the decision they would be obliged to make?

It also tiring to see empty seats and a la carte voting in Parliament. They must finally honor the vote of the Greek people and attend Parliament to represent them. Otherwise they should resign and allow others who are willing to do so.

The vote the other day also revealed something else: SYRIZA MPs have an opinion after all. 144 spoke about civil partnerships – clearly they consider it more important that the budget and bailout. They cannot speak about tearing up the bailouts, 13th pensions, Merkelists and traitors, because they will have to look into the mirror. So they play to the gallery by taking advantage of a minority’s rights in our country (which are rightfully given), thinking that the people are fools.

There is also the possibility that we have the Parliament that we deserve!

Andreas St. Psycharis

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