OPINION

Pointing fingers

How can PASOK get things so mixed up? The chief of the deputy tourism minister’s political office gets dismissed amid corruption allegations and certain opposition party members blame it on the government! Indeed, they have pointed to the incident as evidence that corruption originated in the ranks of New Democracy. But what was most noteworthy about the whole affair was that Deputy Tourism Minister Anastassios Liaskos reacted immediately after the corruption allegations were lodged against the head of his office, Ioannis Keramidas, and hauled the official in question before a prosecutor. So, Liaskos basically did what PASOK cadres failed to do for years when they were in power and when fellow deputies were facing similar charges. But their efforts to distort the situation are in vain. Everyone knows very well which political party it was that fueled the efforts of corruption rings, poisoning our economic and social life. And most people are also aware that Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has not shied away from tackling corruption but actually given clear orders to his subordinates to handle such cases swiftly and to ensure that such crooks are not tolerated. It is a shame that the same cannot be said of Karamanlis’s predecessor, who had eight years in power during which he could have taken action…