The persistent failures of our ruling classes

Yiannis Elafros’s article «What former mayor of Athens failed to do» (March 15) clearly illustrates the main problem facing Greece today: the small, narcissistic and useless governing class which dominates both major political parties. A failure is indicated in any democracy when the heads of both major parties and the foreign minister all effectively inherited their offices. But the hereditary rulers of Greece, never backward when it comes to making fulsome promises or engaging in self-publicity, seem entirely unable or unwilling to break out of the web of corruption and incompetence which bedevils the leadership of all sections of this society. JOHN L. TOMKINSON, Maroussi.