OPINION

Forward planning

The government’s planning for the next three months is a welcome step that should remedy the impression of dysfunction it has given in the past. Good, forward planning is the foundation of success. The rest comes with good implementation. The former is the job of the prime minister; the latter is up to his ministers. The objectives that have been put forward must be quickly implemented within the time frames set by the ministers themselves. This time the solutions to the problems must be found before government officials go on to announce the administration’s intention to tackle them. A government’s credibility depends on its ability to make good on its promises. The administration has an obligation to the citizens but also to itself. The newly announced deadlines are a wager for the prime minister too. Costas Karamanlis should punish anyone that undermines the government’s plan, even by their omissions.