OPINION

Divisive discourse

What the country needs right now is a vision, national consensus and a serious plan. Unfortunately, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras did not respond to those needs as he celebrated one year in power.

The premier’s speech at a rally on Sunday to mark the one-year anniversary of the SYRIZA-Independent Greeks coalition was divisive, almost incendiary, while Tsipras appeared to be seeking out ghosts to put the blame on for all of the government’s current impasses.

Now the country again finds itself at a crucial juncture. If the government proves unable to pass its planned reforms to the country’s social security and tax systems, Greece will be back at the brink of disaster all over again.

The government’s discourse is not promoting the kind of understanding that is required at this point in time, while at the same time public opinion is getting thoroughly sick and tired of the endless shadow-boxing and the unending use of tactics.