Greek politicians have spent thousands of hours on speeches, TV panels, meetings and negotiations, talking about the estimated 2,000 oath-breaking employees in the civil service that need to be laid off. Every time Prime Minister Antonis Samaras finds himself at some European Union summit, his counterparts come up with the same question: how can a civil servant that has been convicted with murder continue to be paid by the state? Meanwhile, some 3,500 people are losing their job every day, paying the price for the state’s chronic mismanagement.
It’s hard to believe. The political system is doing its best to save 2,000 oath-breaking public servants while doing little to curb burgeoning unemployment, which has now reached 27.2 percent. It’s obviously a case of double standards: one for the clients of the political class and one for the unprotected workers of the private sector. The anger of those who do not enjoy the luxury of political protection is fully justified.