OPINION

We are not at the polls yet

No political party has the right to vote against measures that outline cutbacks in the state?s expenditures or crucial structural reforms simply because they go against its pre-election platform.

The country might as well be at war given the critical nature and complexity of the problems it is facing, and the situation dictates that we all, without exception, accept difficult decisions, even decisions that would have seemed inconceivable a few months ago.

PASOK paid the price of losing its credibility because it avoided adopting measures as soon as it came into power in order to keep its pre-election promises.

The parties in the unity government today, including PASOK, should not make the same mistake.

If a party believes that a measure being suggested will harm the country, then it should fight against it in the arena of national dialogue and not hiding behind party manifestos, which, after all, no serious voter pays much attention to.

This, more than ever, is the time to put the good of the country before political or individual interests.