Ignore the voices of inertia

Numerous politicians, as well as other critics, have argued that the government chose the wrong moment to push through reforms to the tertiary education sector or to impose the liberalization of taxis.

But the fact is that in Greece there is never a ?good time? for major reforms.

Those who constantly reject change and speak out against reforms always seem to have a bagful of excuses at hand in order to criticize any shake-up to the way things are customarily done. Sometimes they demand more dialogue, even when the issue has been talked to death and there is nothing new left to say. At other times, they call for more time, for crucial decisions to be left for ?later,? for a ?better time.?

Given how prevalent this kind of attitude is, it comes as no surprise that so little has changed in Greece in terms of structural reform during the past 30 years. But there is no time to lose now. These crucial reforms must be pushed through and the champions of inertia need to come up with better reasons if they want to stop change.

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