Week 28: Prat – Alexis Tsipras

by Ray_North on July 16, 2015

prat_iconThis week’s prat of the week is the Allthatsleft favourite and Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear – a week ago, Tsipras could do no wrong – as far as we were concerned on these pages, he was a hero: he had taken on the IMF and the ECB, he had side-stepped the Germans, he had cleverly won the referendum to give him a stronger mandate in the negotiations with Europe and he had probably done the right thing by moving his maverick Finance Minister Varoufakis out of the spotlight. All was looking quite good for Tsipras, it appeared that he was as well placed as he could be to get a deal that would have allowed him and his government to pursue the progressive policies they aspire to and the macroeconomic reforms he, rightly in our view, believes will kick-start the ravaged Greek economy.

Then, what does he do?

Well, he rolled over, lay on his back and allowed the Troika to force through a deal that was every bit as draconian and oppressive as the one that was on the table before the referendum.

Confused? Well I am – it’s almost as though he expected to lose the referendum and thought that it offered a chance for him to resign with some credibility. Instead, by winning the referendum and then capitulating to the demands of the EU, IMF and ECB, all he has managed to do, is give the incentive back to Greece’s creditors, put in place austerity pretty much forever, split his own party and undermine his previously strong position within his own country and abroad.

There’s only one word to describe someone who manages to do that in one week – prat. Sorry Alexis.

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