The cynicism and low quality of debate seen in Parliament on Monday do not benefit democracy in the slightest, particularly when the issue at hand is corruption in the country’s public life, a major concern in Greece.
This is the kind of issue that cannot be handled through the use of political fireworks, by dragging people through the mud or launching attacks at a personal level.
Perhaps this kind of behavior is favored by those operating on tough partisan lines or a portion of society that is feeling anger toward absolutely everyone. Ultimately, though, it creates the kind of situation that could turn into a boomerang for all those involved.
Phenomena such as corruption should be handled through institutional bodies without fanfare and drama.
The image projected by Parliament on Monday was that of a country in a state of decay and nothing else.