A good plan for remedial action

Greece stands at a crucial crossroad. The conservative government of New Democracy has voiced its determination to remedy chronic problems that are taking a hefty toll on the finances of the country and taxpayers. In order to achieve this, the ND administration must first convince the average Greek of the need to make radical changes in key areas and subsequently present a specific plan to implement them. There is no point in opening up a front, as it were, without first hammering out a detailed plan, in order to avert precisely what has happened in the case of Olympic Airlines, Greece’s troubled national carrier, and Transport Minister Costis Hatzidakis. Over the next few days and weeks, we will see the extent to which society is ready to accept the reforms being advanced by the prime minister. Poor communication among government officials is of little help in this respect. In fact, it strengthens the voice of those who are against any change at all, in their desire to defend an unviable status quo.