OPINION

Public anger is totally justified

Greek politicians should really not be surprised at the growing public anger directed at them. All they need to do is consider what the average thinking citizen feels when he or she witnesses events and reactions that have no place in a developed nation. Citizens for example know with mathematical certainty that any politician or big fish who is known, beyond a doubt, to be involved in any major scandal will never be punished, will never have to face the consequences of his or her act. Former Siemens Hellas CEO Michalis Christoforakos is a perfect example of this. A key witness in the ongoing corruption investigation, he was allowed to slip out of the clutches of justice because the system was dragging its feet, even though the entire world knew very well that there was much on which to investigate him. Now, the former CEO is in Germany and it is unknown whether he will ever have to take the stand in Greece. The stench of scandals, and especially the stench of cover-ups, has angered the Greek people quite justifiably. What’s more, it has put the legitimacy of the entire political system at risk and this is one danger of which we should all be extremely wary.