A glimpse of how it could be

It is a comforting thought that the country has a number of serious and capable people it can use as reserves when the going gets particularly tough.

We saw this when Lucas Papademos, a former vice president of the European Central Bank, was appointed prime minister last year, at a time when the country, along with its political party system, was collapsing.

The sentiment was reinforced recently when senior judge Panayiotis Pikrammenos, a man of high stature, took over as caretaker prime minister.

In turn, the new premier proceeded to appoint a group of worthy fellow-citizens as his cabinet ministers.

The question lingering in many people?s minds is why are people of this quality taking part in a caretaker government as opposed to a proper governing body?

What is it that keeps capable people away from today?s political parties? And, even more importantly, what is it that keeps political leaders perpetually tied down to their parties and cronies?