OPINION

We need action, not hot air

It seems obvious that someone has coached main opposition leader George Papandreou on how to avoid making any commitments or adopting any concrete proposals on the major problems that are affecting Greece. Over the past few days, we have seen the PASOK party chief touring the country on a campaign to highlight the shortcomings of the government. Yesterday, for example, he accused authorities of allowing uncontrolled development in the already densely built-up district of eastern Attica. Shirking the issue may have been a very successful tactic in the past, but it certainly is not today. The public is painfully aware that the economic and social status quo is no longer viable, and it expects every single one of this country’s political leaders to face up to the situation and propose solutions. The voters of this country are not prepared to give anyone carte blanche based on generalized statements and vague posturing, because they know just how serious the situation is – not just in Greece, but in the rest of the world as well.