OPINION

Town hall corruption

The information gradually coming to light regarding corruption in the Greece’s local government demonstrates to what extent fraudulent behavior had spread across the country. Judging from the kind of evidence that is currently emerging, it is becoming increasingly clear that a large number of mayors had developed small fiefdoms based on clientelism, were spending profusely and had nothing or anyone to fear.

State controls were simply nonexistent and robbing the till, in tandem with incompetence, reigned supreme.

Thankfully what we have been witnessing recently at a number of town halls, including the City of Athens among other municipalities, is the kind of behavior which allows for optimism.

There are honest people out there doing their jobs quietly and solving problems away from partisan and clientelist mechanisms.

In other words they are demonstrating precisely the kind of behavior demanded of them by Greek citizens.