When young Foreign Secretary Antonis Samaras was calling the Greeks to take the streets for the Macedonian name issue, I was 8 years old. Although my parents used to vote for Socialist PASOK back then, they told me in 1993 that Samaras was a “clean” politician for leaving the Conservative party New Democracy, because of a dispute about the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Macedonian issue with the Prime Minister at the time Konstantinos Mitsotakis.
I was sad when in 1999 his party, called Political Spring (POLAN) didn’t make it into the European parliament. For some years now though the once young and full of hope politician seems to be one of the worst and clearly dangerous Greek political figures.
Initially Antonis mocked all the former members of POLAN that returned to New Democracy after his…Political Winter. As for himself, he was saying that he would never return to New Democracy, even as its leader, but a few years later begged to come back. Even so, he never forgave the members of his old party that returned before him…We are counting already 3 changes of principle and position here.
Later on, as a minister of culture, he appointed people almost only from his hometown Kalamata to the new Acropolis Museum in 2009 – a man who claims to be against corruption… At the same time he was saying that Kostas Karamanlis was such a beloved leader that he would be the first politician to be elected for the 3rd time in a row in Greece. Of course after a very short period he was a candidate and got elected president of New Democracy. Since then he didn’t even want to ask Karamanlis what happened with the Greek deficit. His logic was to cover everything under the carpet…Another 3 changes of principle and position.
Now some facts that everybody knows: Samaras said no to the memorandum, and threw former Foreign Secretary Dora Bakoyannis, daughter of Mitsotakis out of the party because she said yes to the bailout. He was screaming that there is “another way” than to follow the memorandum while staying within the Eurozone. After 1,5 years though, he voted for the 2nd memorandum and threw out all of New Democracy MP’s who said no to it. Then he decided to take them back to the party… Now he says there is no other way except for following the new memorandum, claiming that SYRIZA will take Greece out of the Euro with its policies, if the left coalition ever rules the country… Are you dizzy from his position switching? I am, so I stopped counting.
Apart from the constant position changing though Antonis has another drawback – he is an old style politician in a society that is changing rapidly.
Since he became New Democracy’s President, he decides and rules with an iron feast, speaking only to a couple of his consultants about his decisions. His MP’s are only good for giving him applause, while he never asks their opinion. In order understand his 19th century mentality, look at the positions the other conservative leader, Panos Kammenos of Independent Greeks party, has in terms of calling for electronic referendums as well as the relaxed party discipline of his MP’s. Sometimes it feels like Antonis doesn’t even know what the internet is!
Let’s take his statements and actions after the elections in comparison to the leader of SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras. While Alexis doesn’t even breathe publicly without discussing first with his Coalition members, Antonis took and gave back the official mandate from the Greek President almost without asking anybody! Then he started copying badly SYRIZA’s moves by trying to gather all the right wing powers close to him, and talking to his MP’s about the dangers of Greece leaving the Euro if Tsipras forms a government. Again probably he did not ask their opinion about anything. Well done Samaras! Do everything to become Prime Minister even if that means, being totally undemocratic and defaming the country. Give more hugs to Karamanlis, so that no court will ever call him over about the scandals and the deficits of his era in the government…
What he doesn’t realise is that these kind of leaders are dead in Greece, since Socialist (PASOK) leader Andreas Papandreou was taken to the cemetery with 1 million people sad on the streets singing his name in the mid 90’s. Since then we had the Olympics of Atlanta, Sidney, Athens, Beijing, and we have reached London Antonis!!! And you still think that you are a charismatic valuable unique leader Antonis!!! Wake up!!!
Instead of realising that the percentage of his party (from 33% dropped to 19%) fell because of his policy to follow the memorandum and use it as an opportunity to change them, perhaps as the head of an anti-memorandum block, along with Kammenos for example, he insists in punching the knife as we say in Greece. He claims it is a matter of principle not to change his views, but as we have seen, he changes his principles every couple of days…
Are we going to trust the fate of our country in this Palaeolithic politician who knows only to spread fear and terror towards the people in order to get votes? To an arrogant undemocratic figure who accuses the left of being irresponsible, at the same time that he decided not to unite with Bakoyannis and that’s the main reason that Greece doesn’t have a government right now?
I say that we need to get rid of him and fast because instead of getting to Agia Sofia in Istanbul, as his political adverts suggest, if he happens to rule we will lose what we have already and maybe more! Samaras is the perfect leader to divide Greek people and maybe lead them into a civil war in order to become ruler. In the next elections, make him disappear once and for all from the political map.