It may be a strategic choice, or just a hobby.

Essentially, the finance ministry and the minister himself insist on denying the statements of those – including this newspaper – who say that the “clean exit” from the bailout memorandum is a communications ruse that bears no relation to reality.

Now the time has come for the minister to belie himself. After the end of the current fiscal programme, he told a foreign newspaper, it is possible that the Greek economy will be reviewed by creditors three or four times a year, instead of two times as has been the case for other bailout countries in the past.

That means that the bailout exit will be anything but clean. What will follow is extremely strict supervision or, to be more exact, a framework of guardianship.

This is a reality that the minister is attempting to blur with the word possibly.

In order for him not to have to belie himself yet again, let him at least listen to those who warn that the supervision of the Greek economy will be no cakewalk for the supervised. It will be the opposite.

That is the truth and it is not subject to denials.

Instead, the government and the competent minister have a duty, at long last, to admit the truth to citizens.
It is the citizenry that pays the piper for the government’s communications games, targeted skewing of the facts, and perpetually belying itself.