Focus: The seven lies of Alexis Tsipras

Focus: The seven lies of Alexis Tsipras

Athens, September 4, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

SYRIZA is walking on thin ice after the last poll that gives a slight edge in ND, estimate the columnists of the German press.

As foresees Focus magazine on its web page, Alexis Tsipras may suffer a defeat in the early election, since his popularity has , he has disappointed the Greeks promising things he did not deliver, but also his comrades who have been turned their backs on him.

Christmas present and ENFIA

The German magazine claims that now Tsipras has to pay the price for the inaccuracies he had said. And the columnist lists them in detail.

The first was the programme of Thessaloniki and the promise that the Greek people would pay less taxes and have more money.

Specifically, among others, he promised to restore the Christmas bonus, increase the minimum wage to 751 euros and the repeal of ENFIA. In March, however, many households were asked to pay for another installment of ENFIA.

“With us there will be no memorandum”, he promised, but it was Yanis Varoufakis who signed the extension of the second memorandum and then the former prime minister himself the third, after a dramatic night in Brussels.

The third lie refers to combating corruption, which according to the magazine’s journalist, never took off. He even brings as an example Tsipras’ personal intervention to rescue the Greek Sugar Industry, giving away fines for tax irregularities.

Referendum and capital controls

The biggest lie of Tsipras was the referendum. And he recalls his campaign, during which he had promised the Greek people that with a “NO” he could negotiate a package better than the Juncker proposal.

Despite the overwhelming 61.7% and the EUR 28.7 million to conduct the referendum, a few days later in Brussels he gives his consent to a third package that is no different from that of Juncker’s. The referendum ends in a farce.

On June 18, Gabriel Sakellaridis stated firmly that there is no question of imposing capital controls, despite the warnings of the president of the Union of Greek Banks, Luca Katselis, and while all the newspapers were stating the opposite. Ten days later, they closed all banks and Tsipras with a televised address assured the Greeks that it would last a few days, calling the Greeks to keep their composure. To this date, restrictions on depositors have not been completely lifted.

Presidential decrees

In the middle of August, the government itself strongly refuted rumors for early election. The official version was that it would call for a vote of confidence “and we’ll take it from there”. A few days later, Tsipras announced on television his resignation and early elections. No mention of an extraordinary congress.

And the last lie concerns the presidential decrees. When SYRIZA was in opposition, he promised that it would comply with the letter and the Constitution would not rule with presidential decrees.

But things came differently, writes Focus, even capital control was imposed with a PD and not through the voting process in Parliament. The article highlights the difficult situation of Alexis Tsipras, seeing his party being torn apart and even his close associates and friends leaving him.