OPINION

Deputies in hiding

Building a successful career in politics demands flexibility and courage, as well as the ability to assume responsibility.

The position adopted by certain members of Parliament who either wish to demonstrate their disagreement or avoid taking on personal political cost without paying the price and by playing it safe is not particularly courageous.

This is especially true when deputies are called to take a stance on crucial issues regarding the country’s present and future.

While it goes without saying that MPs are free to decide for themselves, they cannot claim neutrality, hide behind a “present” vote and remain confident that their colleagues will cover for them with their own vote and by taking on the burden of dissatisfaction.

Seen from this perspective, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s warning to those who hide in such a manner was the right move.