Tuesday September 30, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
26o C
17o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Hypocrisy shines once more

By Pantelis Boukalas

Revelations normally pan out the same way: The questions that receive some kind of answer are fewer and less important than those they raise. The publication by Costas Vaxevanis’s Hot Doc magazine of the list of Greeks with large deposits in the Geneva branch of HSBC, which could well be the notorious “Lagarde list,” failed to quench our ever-increasing collective thirst for revelations, scandal smashing and possibly even a good public lynching, if only symbolically. This thirst, even if it weren’t endemic, is kept constant by delusive governmental assurances that every scandal will be brought to light, no one will go unpunished, the rot will be cut out, all the way through the bone.

Meanwhile, this never happens. Successive promises for clarity and transparency have been broken. The investigations and investigators so often turn out to be even more rotten that the scandal they are meant to be probing. Those who know the dirty secrets and where the bodies are hidden almost invariably find a small loophole in the law or in due process to climb out of, either by improvisation and good fortune or with the help and blessing of someone high up the political ladder. We have come to the point of believing that it is almost reasonable for a finance minister not to know the fate of a list that was put right in his hands, and for another finance chief (who went on to become the head of a party that has dominated Greek politics for a quarter of a century) not to be able to remember whether the CD he cast aside was the original CD or a copy. All this is happening right before our eyes, and we can only guess what kind of madness is going on behind the scenes. And so, for all the above reasons, no revelation can possibly have the same impact as it would under normal circumstances or in a political system that worked normally.

Moreover, the reaction from the political system has not been one of shock or of an immediate investigation into what has occurred within its own ranks. Instead, the reaction was to punish the messenger – a condemnable act even in wartime. And so the revelation is not just demeaned, but is dragged through the mud as well so that light cannot be shed on it. Ostensibly the reason why the messenger was targeted was for the protection of personal data, and it rings so well as an excuse. The authorities cited the same data protection law they used a few weeks ago when they published the photographs of 20-year-old suspected criminals (they were carrying surgical masks bought from a pharmacy after all) and of prostitutes who were found to be HIV positive. It is the same law under which they protected well-known artists whose tax declarations were brought to light.

If there is one thing that shone in the official reaction to the publication of the list by Vaxevanis, it was not the truth, which is probably lost anyway in the shadows of time and all the different copies of the list that are possibly in circulation. It was hypocrisy that shone again.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday October 30, 2012 (10:25)  
Next-day jitters
No sweet debt deals
In the danger zone
Collective discipline
Death of nurse at ‘violent’ hostel to be investigated
Health Minister Makis Voridis on Monday ordered an investigation into how a male nurse, who is a father of two, died at a psychiatric hostel for minors in Pallini, northeast of Athens, follo...
Union calls for occupation of town halls as mayors defying evaluation are probed
As Supreme Court prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani ordered a preliminary investigation into five mayors who are refusing to cooperate with the government over civil service evaluations on Monday...
Inside News
Greeks ruled ship market in August
Greek shipowners accounted for 30 percent of all ship acquisitions in the world in August, as they bought 23 vessels with a total capacity of 2.14 million deadweight tons and a total value o...
Nine properties to be auctioned next week
The Greek state’s online platform www.e-publicrealestate.gr will auction off nine properties across the country on October 7 with a combined starting price of about 11 million euros. The pro...
Inside Business
SOCCER
All team sports suspended next weekend in memory of dead fan
The government announced on Monday the suspension of all team sports events in Greece scheduled for next weekend, October 4 and 5, in the memory of the Ethnikos Piraeus fan who died a few ho...
SOCCER
Karamanos punishes Michel for deeming him surplus
Atromitos forced Olympiakos’s first loss this season in all competitions on Saturday to allow PAOK to go alone on top of the Super League table on Sunday. Odds-on title favorite Olympiakos l...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Greeks ruled ship market in August
2. Nine properties to be auctioned next week
3. Retail price of milk has dropped by 5-10 pct
4. Foreign and domestic air arrivals rise
5. Plan waives interest on expired debts
6. Death of nurse at ‘violent’ hostel to be investigated
more news
Today
This Week
1. Next-day jitters
2. No sweet debt deals
3. The shocking thought of euro-dollar parity
4. Greek cabinet prepares for troika's return, which begins with budget review
5. Quiet build-up of Greek private bad debt casts shadow on rebound
6. Suicide averted at Athens metro station
Today
This Week
1. Alexander the Great's tomb not at Amphipolis, says Culture Minister
2. Greece may opt for unusual president to avoid snap polls, Venizelos says
3. Woman allegedly buried alive by accident in northern Greece
4. Venizelos denies jihadis are being trained in Greece
5. Salaries in Greece continue to slide, dipping 1.4 pct in Q2
6. Cypriots divided by 1974 war seek Shariah hub
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.