OPINION

Political backstabbing

Not very many people had heard of Serres PASOK MP Stathis Koutmeridis until a few days ago when rumors began to abound about his allegedly illicit transfer to Thessaloniki’s University of Macedonia. And in our modern times – when appearing regularly on televised «debates» is a must – not being instantly recognizable is a distinct disadvantage. If different criteria are applied, not being recognizable could be taken to signify that you are actually serious about your job and so have little time to waste on round tables and TV. But, anyway, to be invited to such shows, what you really need are good connections, a prominent family name and a combative nature; having genuinely interesting ideas to express is a secondary prerequisite. In this case, it is difficult for us to judge whether the MP in question is actually to blame or not, whether he is actually «guilty» of what he is charged with, as we have no sources of information to rely on. It is interesting to note, however, what the MP himself said in his defense – that the allegations are a result of backstabbing by his colleagues. And if it is indeed the case that some unidentified colleagues, rivals or acquaintances dug the dirt on him, they had probably been motivated by their own gain rather than any moral obligation…