Tell me Brian, who else was there to vote for? When the whole political class is corrupt how do you elect a non-corrupt government? Also drop the stereotypes.
I and every salaried person in Greece pays their tax including all public servants. They have no choice. It is deducted from salaries at source exactly like PAYE in the UK. Tax evasion is predominantly among big business who are protected by the politicians, again exactly like the UK. A significant proportion of tax evasion amongst private traders happens because they know if they submit a correct tax return the tax inspectors will simply arbitrarily increase the tax owed. They take their discount so when it is inflated they finish up paying the correct tax. Tax evasion certainly occurs but it is predominately amongst the rich. I'm not saying it doesn't exist and needs to be stamped out but don't present it as every Greek.
I don't know anybody personally who has ever paid with a brown envelope. I and my wife used the Greek healthcare system extensively, both public and private, which is one area where it is supposed to be most prevalent, and we were never asked for any bribe. It was more common to be charged reduced rates or let off some payments. Again it occurs but it is not as widespread as claimed. Again it needs stamping out but don't blame all Greeks.
While Greece's debt problem was initially built up over years by corrupt incompetent governments of both left and right it has been exacerbated by the imposition of solutions, by a morally superior group of creditors, that would never work. The underlying problem is that a common currency totally destroys the market mechanism that removes trade imbalances and nothing has been done to replace it. The disease infects the whole of the Eurozone. Greece just happens to be where the boil erupted. Even if they lance that boil the infection will remain to erupt somewhere else.
Syriza are like the curate's egg. They completely accurately diagnosed what was wrong with the Greek bailout programme even though the creditors still won't accept that diagnosis. They spoke the unspeakable. They promised something that was blatantly unachievable. They have been incompetent in negotiation. Kick Syriza out and you go back to corrupt incompetent government of the old cadres. I have no idealogical sympathy with Syriza whatsoever but they are the only hope of implementing the reforms that are necessary because they are the only ones who don't have a vested interest in the existing arrangements. It is possible that there is no hope for Greece with Syriza but there is less hope without them.