OPINION

This is no time for theatrics

The great majority of Greeks find themselves in the grip of uncertainty and pessimism about the future. Their rattled nerves and short fuses are becoming apparent in every facet of their lives and in society at large. This sense of futility is not helped by the behavior of certain politicians who believe that theatrics and tactics to rouse sympathy suffice in dealing with the extremely serious issues they are in charge of. Social security reform, for example, is a hot potato that concerns absolutely everyone, and it is incredible that any confusion has arisen over what the reform program will entail and what changes will be voted for in Parliament when the memorandum between the Greek government, the International Monetary Fund and the European Union for the bailout loan makes the terms very clear. The endless leaks to the press by ministries or even ministers and the dramatic debates on television are at odds with the seriousness of the situation and the tempered behavior that all politicians should be obliged to display, especially those in charge of crucial portfolios.