The government on Sunday accused main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras of a "nebulous philosophy" similar to that which led Greece to "fiscal chaos", commenting on the ND leader's press conference at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) earlier in the day.
"Mr. Samaras is pretending to forget his party's and his own personal blame -- as a minister in ND governments -- for today's state of the Greek economy," minister of state and government spokesman Elias Mossialos said in a statement.
He accused Samaras of throwing out numbers at will, without stipulating a specific and realistic proposal for exiting the crisis, of consuming himself with a description of the problems without saying where he will find the money to materialise his proposals, of promising tax reductions and increases in pensions in an effort to deceive the citizens that an easy way supposedly exists for solving the crisis, and of demanding elections but at the same time admitting that not even in that way will there be an immediate solution to the country's problems.
Mossialos further accused Samaras of having no compunction, speaking of a "pre-planned" recourse to the IMF while fully aware of the prime minister's struggle to find sources of financing for the country in exceptionally tough circumstances.
Samaras revealed that half his close associates were in favor of the Memorandum, "apparently because they realised that otherwise Greece would go bankrupt" but opted, however, to vote against it, preferring that the PASOK government take on the political cost and that he speaks from a safe position today, Mossialos continued.
The spokesman warned that Samaras was deluding himself if he believes that a "generalised citing of a nebulous 'different philosophy' will convince those who are going through truly hard times".