OPINION

Bickering as the ship sinks

Both Prime Minister George Papandreou and the leader of the main conservative opposition New Democracy, Antonis Samaras, made very disappointing appearances in Parliament yesterday. At a time when the country is officially entering one of the most trying periods in its modern history, its two chief political leaders chose to embroil themselves in an argument over whether it was a good idea or not for the International Monetary Fund to step in to bail out the Greek economy and engaged in a game of blaming each other’s parties for the current debt crisis. Papandreou and Samaras were reminiscent of the orchestra of the doomed Titanic ocean liner, which played on while the ship continued to sink. The Greek people right now are scared about what the future holds and angry about the depth to which the economy has sunk. What they are looking for is leadership with a sense of responsibility as well as realism.