Everyone is familiar with the popular Greek saying that at the home of a hanged man, one does not speak of ropes.
Instead of the government and the crew at the prime minister’s Maximos Mansion office remaining silent about the fairy tales that they have repeatedly fed the Greek people, they believe that they are addressing naïve or mentally challenged citizens.
Even though they have revoked almost everything that they promised, stirring great dissatisfaction even among their own MPs, they are attempting to buck their responsibilities and blame the media and reporters, who reveal their lies and alchemy.
In the manner of undemocratic regimes, they slander, target, and constantly unleash charges – either directly or indirectly through their underlings – against publishers and media who are trying to do their jobs.
For the propaganda cookery at Maximou, there are no auctions of foreclosed properties of our weak and impoverished fellow citizens, despite the evidence to the contrary that is revealed every day.
No over-indebted household and no working class home is in danger, according to the government spokesman. Obviously, both he and the justice minister cannot see or are unable to read the specific data brought to light by investigative journalism. Perhaps they should ask former education minister Nikos Filis, who has spoken to the issue, to brief them.
One sees an even worse situation with their chosen fellow traveler, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, and the munitions sale to Saudi Arabia. Documents, emails, and their own signed decisions reveal the role of the middleman, but all is well and good in the land of the surreal.
The newspapers and journalists who cannot shut their mouths and who harm the national interest are to blame. Naturally, the national interest is identical to the interests of the PM’s office.
Let them understand, while there is still time, that their lies have an expiration date. The people have called their bluff. The people are shouldering the burden of the ills that their denials mask, paying for their mistakes and their easy promises of the past.
The government should understand that the role of the press and journalists is not to stroke the egos of those in power, but rather to criticise, strongly when needed, their errors, omissions, and lies.
Fortunately, despite their ambitious and persistent efforts, there are still media who respect their role and historical contribution.