OPINION

Sending out a clear message

Few things are worse in politics than sending out vague or contradictory messages. Interestingly, there has been little else from the direction of the conservative-led government since the last reshuffle in June and its entire attitude is creating a sense of defeatism and amateurism.

Government officials must stop shooting themselves in the foot and put an end to the embarrassing public relations stunts. Ministers and deputies have to stop coming across as weaklings.

Above all, it is important that the administration sends out a clear, convincing message. You cannot preach reform and, at the same time, appoint failed politicians and party acolytes to key state posts. Meanwhile, endless promises of imminent tax breaks and of an end to the international supervision over Greece’s troubled economy are damaging the government’s credibility rather than offering comfort.

After all, our recent history suggests that is was the politicians who tried to disguise the facts that paid the heaviest price, not those who found the courage to speak the bitter truth.