Coalition not keeping it simple

It is a well-known fact that the Greek coalition government has some serious deficiencies. The main reason is that two of the three parties that compose it – socialist PASOK and Democratic Left – have chosen to participate in a manner that allows them to take on less than their share of responsibility for decisions made and also to exercise criticism of policy. The second factor dogging the government is that party politics continue to play a leading role in the public administration.

On a practical level, this means that all three party leaders have to compromise, with the most recent example being the replacement of high-ranking tax officers. What the government has failed to look at is the simplest solution: meritocracy.

On issues such as these, rather than stumbling over their own feet, the parties of the coalition should simply agree to replace executives who have failed at their jobs and keep those who have succeeded.