OPINION

Politicians pandering for votes

Deputies from both the socialist PASOK as well as the conservative New Democracy party made quite an effort on Thursday to cozy up to the leadership of the union representing Greece?s taxi owners.

One could say that politicians of any stripe have every right to behave in this manner given the tendency to pander for votes. Nevertheless, one cannot help but wonder whether the country?s politicians should have first taken the time and effort to condemn the ugly methods employed by the protesting cabbies earlier this summer, who went on to protest the government?s liberalization laws by blocking airports, harbors and roads at the peak of the tourism period.

Similarly, our politicians have failed to condemn the demonstrators? violent attacks against news organizations.

Greek lawmakers, who are meant to represent the country?s democratic institutions, have an obligation to criticize any violations of the law instead of pandering to their disruptive ?clients.?