OPINION

Hostage to the far-left

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is hostage to a group of MPs and party officials who hold extreme left-wing views on a number of crucial issues that affect society, such as educational reform and how the penitentiary system needs to work.

The changes that are being planned for the country’s higher education system are aimed exclusively at reinstating union lackeys as an omnipotent presence in the country’s universities, imposing mediocrity as the standard of achievement and shaping clientelist relationships. These changes will undo everything that was good about a bold reform based on broad consensus.

Equally problematic are the changes the government is planning for Greece’s prisons. This may be what it takes for the government to secure the votes of its hard leftists on the tough memorandum measures, but the damage will be great.