The administration that came to power promising to end austerity, corruption, tax evasion and protect the poor, and then did the exact opposite of every false pledge, gave another proof of its hypocrisy last week.
On Wednesday, Minister of the Interior Panos Skourletis was in Kalavryta for the Memorial ceremony of the massacre of 500 people of the town by the Nazis December 13, 1943.
After the memorial there was a liturgy at the town church, which was burned down by the German troops. Metropolitan of Kalavryta and Aigialia Ambrosios took in his hands the Holy Bible which had survived the fire on that black day and told its story.
Ambrosios then invited the minister to come and see it up close. The Metropolitan then urged him to touch and kiss the holy book, as per the Greek Orthodox custom. Like a good communist, Skourletis abstained and with his hand gesture it was like pushing it away.
Maybe Skourletis could have been a good communist during the times he voted in favor of all the austerity measures that literally made the middle class poor, and the poor, poorer.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, the self-proclaimed Marxist Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos visited the Mecca of capitalism, the Wall Street stock exchange. Putting ideology aside, Tsakalotos metaphorically kissed the holy bible of capitalism when, all smiles, he rang the bell that ended the day’s session.
Tsakalotos was in New York with a Greek delegation in order to invite investors to Greece and boost the country’s economy. The man who said he will resign if incomes below 9,000 euros are taxed, he signed the bill according to which incomes above 5,685 euros will be taxed next year. He is still in his seat.
And speaking of investments, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras plays the same “communists at home, capitalists abroad” when he parades the world asking for foreign investments, when in Greece his cabinet do everything they can to stop investments, like in the case of the former Athens airport site at Εllinikon. Or the gold mining investment in Halkidiki that stopped operations because the pertinent ministry denied permits to continue.