Get your facts straight

The danger that political discourse in Greece will sink to the basest levels of vulgarity is already more than apparent from the allegations we have heard bandied about over recent days.

The first responsibility to curb this phenomenon lies with the justice system, which must investigate all of the allegations that have become front-page news amid increasing political tensions and get to the truth.

But the second and most important responsibility lies with the politicians themselves, who should be very careful about lending credence to allegations made by others before first ascertaining whether they are true or not.

If Greece enters a long period of instability and crisis, the onus will lie on them because the country’s institutions should take allegations seriously and not brush them off as media tricks and just another sign of foolishness.

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