Divisive language

COMMENT

The bigotry and divisive language employed so flippantly by representatives of Greece’s leftist-led government is undoubtedly causing a great deal of damage to the country and should be a matter of great concern.

Officials in the SYRIZA-Independent Greeks (ANEL) coalition like to target individuals in the opposition by conjuring past demons at every opportunity and resorting to petty name-calling.

As they become more comfortable with the idea of their having signed up to bailout agreements with foreign lenders (deals that they so vehemently attacked when they were still in the opposition) and as they cozy up to the domestic establishment, their rhetoric appears to become increasingly sharp and inflammatory.

Such polarizing tactics are obviously not designed to attract middle-ground voters. Rather, the aim is to appeal to that section of voters who were led astray and charmed by politicians who first introduced such unfettered verbal vulgarity into public discourse.

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