Glezos Says SYRIZA Is Clueless



SYRIZA member and WWII hero Manolis Glezos
SYRIZA member and WWII hero Manolis Glezos

The major opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) that opposes bailouts keeping the Greek economy from collapsing doesn’t have any idea how it can keep its promises to keep on spending if it ever comes to power, one of its most honored and influential members, WWII hero Manolis Glezos said.

SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said if he ever becomes Prime Minister that he would reject the bailout terms of international lenders that came with harsh austerity measures, re-hire all fired workers, restore salaries and pensions and cut taxes, but Glezos punctured that balloon when he said the party is clueless as to how it can do all that when the country is broke and $430 billion in debt.

Glezos, 91, who also said he doesn’t like the party’s transformation from a loose collection of Maoists, Trotskyites, neo-Communists, Leftists, anarchists, ecologists and fringe elements into a “monolithic group,” told Vima radio that, “People ask me where the money will come from, but I am afraid that our answer is not convincing.”

SYRIZA and the New Democracy Conservatives of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who supports pay cuts, tax hikes, slashed pensions and worker firings, are trading places as the most popular parties in Greece’s fractured political landscape.

In the same interview, Glezos criticized the leadership’s decision earlier this year to scrap its former structure as a collection of smaller left-wing and extreme left-wing groupings and refashion itself as a single party. “Manolis Glezos is not keeping a distance from SYRIZA. He is keeping a distance from those who want to turn SYRIZA into a monolithic party,” he said.

Earlier this month, Glezos abstained from a Parliamentary vote on suspending state funding for political parties accused of criminal activities, a measure targeting the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn, a move that drew surprise from his colleagues because of his heroism against Nazis during WWII when he and a friend, Apostolos Santas, pulled down the Swastika from the Acropolis and raised the Greek flag.


7 COMMENTS

  1. Even communist Glezos knows Syriza are populists full of baloney. The ones that support them are the same idiots that supported pasok for years . They have learned nothing from our debt mess. Still shamelessly demanding handouts rather than trying to produce something so they don’t have to depend so heavily on the government (i.e. other taxpayers)

  2. Unfortunately Greece’s current situation has allowed extremism to flourish and this site allows people like you to spew forth an avalanche of pro GD vitriol its a shame you don’t have the mental capacity to reason but I suppose if you had reason you would realise that extreme views are handy pets to have around, but when the pet bites the masters hand they are quickly put down as GD is about to discover. as for Glezos old style lefty lost touch with todays political agendas .

  3. READ FROM KATHIMERINI today— Glezos is Clueless what is going on…

    “Greece In Decline”

    By Alexis Papachelas – Kathimerini News – Tuesday October 29, 2013

    Future historians will look back on the current period with utter incredulity
    and ponder how Greece was allowed to plunge into such an unprecedented
    decline.

    Dysfunction has become the rule these days, and the most bizarre things
    almost fail to strike a chord any more. The list of problems and shortcomings is
    endless.

    At the moment, it is not possible to know the whole truth about the
    controversial submarine deal signed in 2010 (by Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos
    Venizelos, when he was defense minister with the PASOK government).
    Nevertheless, it is hard to believe that a country which has spent several
    billion euros on the acquisition of state-of-the-art submarines is now caught up
    in this unbelievable mess and, most importantly, without a single vessel.

    Or take the procurement of the German-made Leopard tanks, which Greece
    obtained without making sure it had any ammunition for them. Sure, one aspect of
    the problem is the large amount of kickbacks involved in these purchases. At the
    same time, however, Greece has notoriously complex legislation and daunting
    procedures that make it nearly impossible to take any decision regarding
    ammunition.

    In the end, kickbacks change hands, the money is spent, and still there is no
    decision. This is more or less how countries fall apart.

    Decline was also highly visible in the fuss about the October 28 military
    parade. On the very day that the nation should have been united and feeling
    proud about its heroic forefathers, the whole thing broke down into a fight
    about who said what, who invited whom and who paid the tanks’ fuel bill.

    Seeing the podium devoid of politicians and the public kept in a safe
    distance behind police cordons because of the fear of riots is a cause for shame
    and embarrassment. Greek institutions are in deep and undeniable
    decline.

  4. What about the Ministers from PASOK and ND getting away with destroying Greece’s economy for the past 40 years in corrupt power?
    KICK THEM ALL OUT & Jail them all & take their ill-gained properties!!

  5. Notice no answer to this:

    SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said if he ever becomes Prime Minister that he would reject the bailout terms of international lenders that came with harsh austerity measures, re-hire all fired workers, restore salaries and pensions and cut taxes, but Glezos punctured that balloon when he said the party is clueless as to how it can do all that when the country is broke and $430 billion in debt.