OPINION

Tough but effective measure

The recent detention of public figures for nonpayment of taxes and other debts to the state has certainly helped toward instilling a sense among the people in this country that justice is being done.

It is, of course, a very tough measure that in some cases affects people who simply could not keep up or who got carried away but had no malicious intentions of cheating the state out of revenues.

That said, the name-and-shame method, followed by arrests, is one that has been applied successfully in other countries and is known to bring results. Its implementation in Greece, moreover, should be seen as a success of the previous government of George Papandreou.

Now that arrests have been made, we can only hope that we will not see any politicians interfering to protect the suspects or ?cronies? within the state apparatus pulling strings to get them off the hook. This is certainly not an unknown phenomenon in Greece and it has often occurred to a provocative degree.