OPINION

Welcome decision on spending

The government’s decision to either abolish or merge a great number of the numerous departments and organizations in the public sector in response to pressure by the International Monetary Fund to significantly trim public expenditure at a time when the deficit is seen to be widening is a welcome move. The unconscionable waste of public money that results from an immensely overbloated public sector as well as the complete absence of any real productive activity from many of these departments, which are often used simply to provide favors to friends, can no longer be tolerated. This decision is certainly long overdue, but it is important that we look to the future and make sure that it is implemented in full, without cutting corners or making compromises. In other words, the people, and our international overseers, expect to see real action and not just illusory steps. At times like these, when it is estimated by the European Commission that Greece will see a budget deficit of 5.1 percent versus 5 percent in 2008, there really is no time to vacillate.