OPINION

An obsession with the past in politics

The government has just completed eight months in power. Therefore, enough time has passed for it to stop linking every one of its initiatives or oversights to the «negative state of affairs» it inherited from PASOK. At the same time, eight months is too little time for New Democracy to take the blame for all the failures of the opposition party over its 10 years or so in power. In other words, the two main political parties must reconsider the viability of dwelling on the past – a tactic they have both been using since ND came to power and which has been chiefly directed at their staunch followers (hardly surprising, as most voters would not regard it as a constructive strategy for political reform). ND presented the Greek people with a detailed picture of the situation it inherited from PASOK. After all, it is on the basis of this that it must develop and initiate its own policies. However, by persistently harking back, it appears to be ignoring the fact that, with its electoral victory, it has undertaken to govern the country for the next four years, not to embark upon a systematic criticism of PASOK’s regimes. Both parties appear to be obsessed with the past for their own reasons. ND wants a full «write-off» of the situation it has inherited from PASOK, while George Papandreou is attempting to defend the achievements of his party when it was in government. But this practice is as detrimental to the government as it is to the opposition.