New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis accused Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of accepting very tough measures by Greece’s creditors to secure his term in office, during an interview on Skai TV on Saturday.
“He traded his term in government by accepting everything and bringing a very tough package of measures,” he said, adding that people’s patience is wearing thin.
He said that with the new measures, which amount to a fourth bailout program, pensioners will not only not receive the 13th pension but will lose two more, while employee wages will suffer new cuts.
“He achieved a primary surplus by overtaxing society,” he said and urged Tsipras to return part of the surplus to society through tax cuts and not benefits and hirings which only serve to boost clientelism.
“He is lying when he says they offsetting measures will be implemented if we achieve the surplus targets. They will be implemented if we exceed the targets. I pledge to cut taxes. We will return money in the pockets of Greeks,” he said, noting this will happen by tidying up the state.
“I will not tolerate turning temporary contract employees into indefinite contracts; I will not accept waste in utility companies and a loose public administration,” he continued, saying he will not fire people but will maintain strict limitations for hirings and utilize employee transfers.
Mitsotakis said he will promote meritocracy and evaluation in public administration, during an introductory meeting with people who submitted their candidacy for ND’s registry of party officials on Saturday.
“Meritocracy everywhere, evaluation everywhere. The best will be promoted based on their work and their abilities. This is what Greek society needs,” he told the candidates.
“What happened with the registry is unprecedented for a traditional party. Among the things we achieved was to turn a party from a closed structure where you needed to have personal relations with the leader or some party cadres, to an open cell of new, worthy people,” he added.
Mitsotakis reassured the candidates that what differentiates ND from the parties governing today –SYRIZA and ANEL- are meritocracy and evaluation.
“It is between those who want to offer their services and those who see ghosts everywhere, who sow hatred and division and who only care about hiring their few friends,” he said.