Monday – George Papandreou, calling a referendum on the terms of the Eurozone bailout of Greece:
“We trust citizens, we believe in their judgement, we believe in their decision.
“In a few weeks the (EU) agreement will be a new loan contract… We must spell out if we are accepting it or if we are rejecting it.”
Thursday – George Papandreou calling off the referendum on the terms of the Eurozone bailout of Greece:
“The referendum was never an end in itself.
“We had a dilemma – either true assent or a referendum. I said yesterday, if the assent were there, we would not need a referendum.”
Papandreou told Sky News the referendum on the Eurozone bailout plan will no longer go ahead – and it was never his intention for it to happen.
After all his rhetoric about democracy and the need for a mandate from the people, Papandreou has demonstrated that no matter what the country, the political elite will lie, treat the people with contempt and put their personal aspirations before all else.
For a few short days the people of Greece thought democracy still lived, their views would be sought and their wishes respected. But the politicians have shown the deceitful reality once again.
Regardless of their stripe, politicians do not change their spots.