OPINION

The same old story

One of those infamously bad practices that the political system has been accused of for years is being propagated by the new government today, as it is appointing party cadres and politicians to key posts in the higher echelons of the civil service without having them go through any kind of selection process beforehand.

How do hundreds of thousands of unemployed people in the private sector, who may be more than qualified to fulfill the duties required and may have wanted to try their chances at a public administration job, feel about that?

Why is a party that has railed so vehemently against the ailments of the old-boy political system turning around and doing exactly the same thing it accused its predecessors of?

Appointing buddies to important and responsible posts is not the key to success and does not herald a radical overhaul of the civil service. It is not a sign of meritocracy and certainly not a sign of transparency.