Speaking during a televised address after yesterday’s inner cabinet meeting, the conservative Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis merely pointed out the obvious. Notwithstanding the flurry of rumors and speculation, his comments served as a reminder that no serious administration would opt for early elections in the middle of an international financial crisis that is naturally expected to have an impact on the domestic economy. The conservative party leader also made sure he rang the alarm bells right next to the ears of his ministers. At a time when his administration is busy promoting a much-needed reform program, the government’s senior members have a duty and obligation to roll up their sleeves and completely disregard all rumors of an imminent reshuffle. Everyone heard the words of the prime minister. His ministers have no excuse. There is a lot of heavy work ahead. They must see it through for the sake of the well-being not only of the government but also of the country as a whole.