Tsipras: PM is arrogant and cannot understand the pain and the agony of the average Greek citizen

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis “is arrogant, has lack of compassion, and cannot understand the pain and the agony of the average Greek citizen,” SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said in an interview to Alpha TV on Tuesday.

Tsipras particularly focused on a dinner on Ikaria island which the premier attended during a coronavirus restriction on large gatherings, calling it “a serious faux pas” and a cause of Greeks losing their trust when a prime minister cannot observe “the measures he has announced.”

Asking how the government plans to deal with the specter of urgent survival issues by the business sector, the main opposition leader called for a write-off of 40%-60% of debts to the public sector and a repayment of 120 installments. He also called out the banks that have ample liquidity but are not passing this on to small and medium-sized enterprises, a “scandalous” issue, as he called it.

Commenting on his party’s low poll rating, he said that his experience in politics and since 2008 at the helm of Syriza (formerly Synaspismos) has shown him that major overturns may occur at any time, and he “wouldn’t rest comfortably if I were prime minister” because the majority of the Greek people “feel great anger.”

Asked why he didn’t push for elections, he said that “the time has not come to ask for national elections,” adding, “but that time will come.”