Tactical errors

Greece’s main opposition party has committed a serious institutional blunder in suggesting that any MPs breaking from party lines in the ongoing presidential vote are essentially “apostates.”

Moreover SYRIZA was too hasty to give credence to vague accusations and as a result identified itself with practices and behaviors that do a lot more harm than good to the credibility of the political system. By adopting such tactics, the leftist opposition party shows that it continues to embrace politicians who are either extremists or simply clownish, and whose only credential is that they are opposed to the memorandum.

The day will come when SYRIZA regrets these tactics and will have to deal with these people, with whom it formed an alliance during its wild hunt for power. It runs the risk of being less known for the new anti-systemic force it likes to present itself as and more as a collection of has-beens.