Like extras from The Sopranos, some of Greece’s decision makers and opinion makers have been swearing with abandon over the past few days. It is another sign of the decay that has beset Greek public life.
In the big scheme of this crisis, a foul-mouthed exchange between politicians and journalists may seem trivial. In many ways it is, until you consider the failures that led Greece to this precarious point. Key among these weaknesses was the deterioration of public life, propelled by vacuous politics and the growing entanglement of parties, the public sector, the media, banks and big business.