OPINION

Promises, promises

Main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras was given the opportunity to set himself apart from his predecessors and their catastrophic practices during his recent appearance at the Thessaloniki International Fair.

However, as it turned out he missed his chance, and he ended up promising too much to too many people, knowing all along that none of his pledges could ever materialize.

Spurred by the issue of the election of a new Greek president by Parliament, the leftist party leader insisted that the country should have early elections, essentially repeating the mistake made by George Papandreou in 2009.

Many Greeks had been hoping that the crisis years would provide the country’s politicians with an opportunity to mature and that Greece would move on to a new generation of politicians who would carefully weigh their promises and avoid big words – especially when in opposition.

Clearly, anyone nurturing such expectations will have to wait a long time.