Petty tiffs as country sinks

The name-calling and sword-crossing that certain members of the government have indulged in over the past few days is beginning to seriously anger the Greek people, who demand, if nothing else, at least some sense of serious-mindedness from their politicians at such a time.

Under normal circumstances, it would be almost comical to watch politicians bickering over who is in charge of the Merchant Marine Ministry or the Greek Coast Guard, and other such small matters. But these are far from normal circumstances.

Greece is in a state of emergency and it needs its politicians to behave as though they not only realize this but are responding to it as well.

The government cannot drop the ball now because it cannot hold itself together. There is no room for meaningless arguments and petty grandstanding.

The members of Lucas Papademos?s government need to understand what kind of administration they belong to.