Political parties react to PM's speech at TIF

Opposition parties levelled strong criticism against the speech delivered by Prime Minister George Papandreou at the opening of the 76th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) on Saturday evening.
Main opposition New Democracy spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis said the premier had failed to say anything specific or meaningful but had confined himself to recycling the often-repeated theme that others were to blame.
He criticised Papandreou for failing to adopt even one of ND's proposals for reducing taxation on households and businesses, reducing VAT, support building activity, or refounding the tourism and merchant shipping ministries.
"The prime minister, with his insistence on a mistaken formula and the ineffectiveness of his government, is causing tension in international relations, uncertainty and anxiety for the citizens, a flight of capital abroad, even deeper recession, a drying up of the market and depression and rage in society," he added.
According to the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), the prime minister's promise that at least one person per household will have work was "horrifying but revealing about where they are leading the people."
It stressed that nothing the prime minister said could conceal the capitalist dead ends, the deep crisis and the contradictions within the EU.
Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) leader George Karatzaferis, on his part, said the premier's speech smacked of a pre-election period and was one he could have made in 2009.
Similarly, the Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (SYN) party noted that the prime minister had once again steadfastly support the policies of the EC-ECB-IMF Memorandum and the Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy, policies that "are destroying the economy, make society bankrupt and rapidly leading the country to marginalisation".

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