OPINION

Protecting privilege

What took place at the Greek Parliament last night speaks volumes about the quality of the political system and the forces of populism.

The debate on the new austerity measures saw Greece?s opposition parties indulging in immature, almost hysterical politicking. The apparent alliance between ideologically incompatible political groupings inevitably raises questions.

Should opposition parties continue with the same intensity, such tactics will result in further polarization and perhaps bring about unchecked developments.

Moreover, what we saw on Wednesday demonstrated who really wishes to protect the remaining strongholds of Greece?s clientele state that brought the country to the verge of bankruptcy.

The reaction of SYRIZA and Independent Greeks to the amendment regarding the wages of parliamentary employees showed that some political forces out there are pretending to embody a break with Greece?s political past when in fact they seek to uphold the vested interests of yesterday.