OPINION

Sickening opportunism

As wildfires burned on a number of fronts yesterday, the country’s emergency services put up a valiant fight even though they were working with limited means and worn-out equipment.

However, it also became abundantly clear that local authorities had not done their jobs in the area of fire prevention.

What is most sickening about such tragic events is seeing politicians take advantage of them to start talking about conspiracies. This kind of paranoia is always particularly strong when the general political and social climate is uncertain. There is something disgusting and backward about this reaction, which has no place in an evolved society.

Of course the authorities need to investigate all reports that arsonists may be behind the fires yesterday, but serious politicians should stop talking conspiracy theories because the only people they serve are inept local administrators.