The audience was shocked by the answer of Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Nikos Hatzinikolaou to the question of 16,000 deaths from coronavirus last year: “2021 was worse than 2020 in terms of deaths, but stated that … “we saved tourism.”
The issue of the very high death toll in 2021 was raised after the Prime Minister said that citizens should, despite their weariness and frustration, see where we are today:
Kyriakos Mitsotakis: I fully understand the fatigue, irritability, sadness of people. But I’m going to ask you to step back a bit to see where we are today compared to where we were a year ago.
Nikos Hatzinikolaou: However, 2021, compared to 2020, was a much worse period of the pandemic in Greece. We had 16,000 dead.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis: As for the dead, of course it is. But at the same time, we kept the economy open, we didn’t go into lockdown, we saved tourism, and we had extremely high economic growth.” the time of strict quarantine, lunch with 20 friends in Ikaria, at a time when the “plebs” were forbidden to gather more than 2 people.But many did not expect such an open confession of contempt for his people.
Τζερο, μήπως έχεις το κομμάτι που λέει ότι είμαστε χειρότερα μόνο ως προς τους νεκρούύόκρο;
— Christos Roukos (@christosroukos) January 13, 2022
The prime minister is also optimistic about the situation with the Omicron strain, albeit a bit cautiously. “We saw a sharp increase in the number of cases in Greece at the end of last month. We are already seeing a de-escalation, and all the data from other countries shows that it is more or less like a summer storm: high intensity, it rises quickly, but also leaves quickly,” Mitsotakis said.
“We understand that the Omicron strain causes significantly less morbidity, although it is much more contagious, meaning there is a much greater chance that someone will get infected,” he added. However, he warned that its lower incidence does not mean that we should not be on the lookout.
As for the economy, the prime minister said that high growth rates were recorded in 2021. “The disposable income of all citizens has improved, taxes have been lowered, tourism has performed well, unemployment has decreased, and new jobs have been created.”
Asked about the unemployment rate and the latest EU data showing Greece as the youth unemployment champion, Mitsotakis replied:
“Unemployment fell from 17% to 13%. And it happened in the midst of a pandemic. We’re not going to say we’re satisfied with our labor market performance, except when unemployment drops to single digits. This is the goal we have set.”
He added that 50,000 jobs have been created amid the pandemic and the next target, for 2022, is 86,000.
This is neither the first nor the last time that an ambitious Greek prime minister has taken the pandemic as an opportunity. From the very beginning, in February 2020, when the coronavirus hit Italy, the government announced a chance for Greece, reassuring the people with a sharp increase in the number of tourists, but, as they say, “the fairy tale will soon tell” …
But why is this nasty plebs constantly whining and complaining that “life has NOT become better and more fun”? Maybe due to multiple increases in energy prices, and solid inflation, which actually amounted to more than 30%, while official data is 5%, or maybe because of uncertainty about the future?
There are logical explanations for this in the PM. The rise in energy prices is due to the fact that they are imported and not produced in Greece. In an interview on ANT1, the premier said the price increase was “an import phenomenon, as a result of higher natural gas prices, which also affected the cost of electricity.”
Prime Minister Mitsotakis also announced a second increase in the minimum wage, effective May 1, 2022. Oh, very significant: first by 2, and then maybe by 3% or even 5% …
The electricity allowance will be 40 euros, and 42 euros for natural gas per household, when the real bills are 3 or 4 times higher… On Friday, the media reported that 2-month electricity bills rose by 100%, and natural gas rose in price from last year by 300%.
Are you still whining, you despicable plebs? You, apparently, do not understand your good, which is given to you by the great and generous Kiryakos Mitsotakis, who received the nickname “Culis” among the people? And this means that you have no idea about branding and selling a product in terms of modern politics and PR.