OPINION

Privatizing public utilities

It?s wrong and damaging to treat the idea of privatizations and making use of state assets as an evil measure that has been imposed on us from above.

Greeks can only gain if the country?s public utilities — which have for decades been hijacked by selfish unionists and party officials — come under private control.

Greek taxpayers can only gain from the sale or lease of prized state assets as this will create jobs and spur growth. It?s hard to see the point of leaving them to waste simply to appease local leaders or other reactionaries. The argument that all this will undermine Greek sovereignty simply does not hold. Making use of the Elliniko site, for instance, does not mean that it will no longer belong to the state. Doing so, rather, will create growth and reduce the country?s dependency on its lenders.