OPINION

PASOK’s PR overdrive

Not even one week had passed since PASOK had launched its massive propagandistic offensive against New Democracy’s economic program, and the journalists paid to spread propaganda for the government pulled out all the stops. They talked about the «rebirth of a state dominated by the Right,» and of a «return to the good old days of ND policy in ’93.» But earlier this week, George Papandreou – their leader whom they defend with such fervor – invited into PASOK Stefanos Manos and Andreas Adrianopoulos, the architects and defenders of the Mitsotakis-era socioeconomic program. Now the same journalists describe these politicians as «the open minds that the great democratic party has invited into its ranks to reinvent itself.» The ridiculousness of those who praise the government and the media organizations who give them a mouthpiece is a matter of concern for all, as is the flippancy with which Papandreou’s aides surf the harsh waves of politics. Having chosen not to touch on the essence of their policy, they use PR tactics to overcome the stalemates they face. The overtures to Manos and Andrianopoulos are part of this logic, as is last Sunday’s approval of the only candidate for PASOK’s leadership. Using these tactics, they avoid discussing real problems such as unemployment, the high cost of living, and the corruption riddling a government which has been in power too long…