Tell us where it’s all gone

Greek taxpayers should be made fully aware of the true extent of the country’s dire financial situation. This would at least make them more willing to accept the special, one-off measures adopted by the government to bring in some badly needed revenue. However, words alone are not sufficient to illustrate the depth and breadth of the economic crisis and so taxpayers need to be given a full and clear picture of the size of the public deficit together with a list of all the sectors of the state machine which have been responsible for squandering public funds. This must be done, even if it means having all of the mistakes made by the Finance Ministry over the past five years aired in public. In this respect, a new financial audit, conducted with the assistance of independent experts, would be extremely useful because it would help explain to taxpayers whether the additional money they are being asked to contribute will be properly and effectively applied.