OPINION

The woes of the state

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s observations on Thursday during an event at the National Center for Public Administration and Local Government about the problems that have been dogging the Greek civil service for decades and their causes were by and large correct but differ little from the opinion of the majority of the public.

In his speech at the two-day conference marking the institution’s 30th anniversary, the prime minister also seemed determined to point the finger at previous governments for the sorry state of the public administration, which is also something that we could say is part of the political game.

What Tsipras did not do was sound convincing that the government sincerely intends to reform the public administration and take politics out of the equation when it comes to appointments, policy and so on. In the meantime, every day we see more evidence of the government trying to hijack the state, and with not a little bit of nepotism.