OPINION

ND’s role in critical period

Opposition parties in this country need to realize that theirs is not a position that comes without responsibility. Prime Minister George Papandreou failed to realize the importance of the role when he was in the opposition not so long ago: He failed to support the New Democracy government when he should have, and effectively squandered the opportunity to play a role by expending himself on populist statements. The current leader of New Democracy, Antonis Samaras, also appears oblivious to the role of opposition. Although he began his tenure with the right sense of responsibility, more recently he has been walking the path of irresponsible criticism. Simply demonizing the International Monetary Fund with an absolute rejection of any additional measures is not a responsible stance. Hopefully, he will shut his ears to the sirens of populism, to the moth-eaten members of his party, who, unfortunately, continue to play an important role in ND. The country is at a very crucial stage that requires responsibility by both the government and also by the opposition.