OPINION

Chaos and ridicule

The government’s spokesman said that «there is no need to create artificial anticipation among the Greek people, that nothing is happening now but that suddenly after a month and a half something tremendous will happen.» How did it occur to the spokesman – who has other troubles on his mind just now – that Greeks could believe it possible that something «tremendous» will happen, and «suddenly» to boot? The one thing that we all know around here is that the government is no longer in a position to do anything especially constructive for our country, that the prime minister is up against a mountain of problems in effectively managing his government and that PASOK’s governmental system in general is worn out and incapable of producing agreeable surprises. Besides, the prime minister himself appears to have understood that, although he will probably be obliged to reshuffle his Cabinet, he will nevertheless be unable to impress anyone with whatever combination of ministers he presents. This is why he has already advised his associates to stop stoking discussions about reform, which have only succeeded in creating complications within the party and provoking the ridicule of many political commentators. The only thing Costas Simitis can hope for is that PASOK suffers no more setbacks. There is no talk of recovery behind the scenes for a government and party where the majority believe in the need of a «radical» change at the top.