OPINION

ND needs to show more maturity

During its tenure in opposition, the conservative New Democracy party has followed in the footsteps of PASOK, doing more or less what the Socialists did while fulfilling this vital institutional role. Unfortunately, under Antonis Samaras the conservatives have rejected all of the government’s reform plans, including the most crucial ones, while polarizing the political climate. Of course, this is an extremely critical time for our country. Which is why right-of-center voters expect New Democracy to maintain a more mature stance than it has so far. Unchecked polarization in the case of Kallikratis, an ambitious government plan to redraw administrative boundaries and overhaul local government, and what appears to be the likely rejection of the bill on social security reform are out of sync with current developments and the seriousness of the situation. The public would like to see New Democracy behave like a mature political party at the most critical turning point of the post-1974 period.