OPINION

Leaving the past behind

Greek citizens justly feel indignant when they realize that certain people have been appointed to key posts in the state based wholly on their political connections and not their skills or know-how.

For every vote that the government believes it is winning with such appointments, it loses dozens from citizens who can no longer tolerate the job of governance being conducted in this manner.

The prime minister and his coalition partners have earned the support of a large section of Greek society. They have proved with their actions that they are not afraid of the political cost of unpopular decisions and that they are prepared to do all it takes to save the country.

The national effort they have undertaken, however, cannot be compromised by a style of running the country that belongs firmly in the past and which ultimately led Greece to the dire straits in which it finds itself today.