So now we know — it isn’t only the undemocratic, oligarchical EU that ignores the outcomes of referendums and presses on with its political plans regardless of what the oiks think; so do those who pose as critics of the EU, those like Syriza, which is now doing the opposite of what the Greek people asked it to.
Syriza has committed a crime against democratic politics even graver than the EU’s. For while Euro-institutions have always been relatively open about their desire to override the Greek people’s wishes in order to do what is ‘right’, Syriza presented itself as the servant of the Greek people, the pursuer of their democratically expressed desire for less, or ideally no, austerity. Yet now it has agreed to an austerity package even tougher than the one the Greek people rejected in a referendum just a week ago. The dishonesty is breathtaking, the cynicism stunning. Euro-institutions may have punched the Greek people in the face, but Syriza has done something worse: stabbed them in the back.