OPINION

Cycle of cronyism

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras swore that appointments made by his government to every level of the state apparatus would be based on meritocracy and the prior experience of candidates.

So far we haven’t see such a thing happen. Most of the people who have been appointed to key positions within the broader civil service are failed politicians, unionists and party officials.

This is one of the biggest problems that brought Greece to where it is today and we had hoped that such phenomena were on their way to extinction, but it seems that the SYRIZA government is perpetuating the vicious cycle.

Over the next few days, the government is expected to announce the names of the people it will place at the top of the country’s biggest public hospitals after getting rid of much of the management. That list of names will tell us whether it has any intention in changing, even to the smallest degree, the quality of governance in this country.