OPINION

Prudence needed, not demagogy

The newly elected government has certainly made a good first impression with all the new faces it appointed to important positions in the Cabinet. The merger of several ministries, the establishment of a ministry dedicated to the environment and the separation of the economy and finance portfolios are all positive. The only downside is the manner in which certain incoming ministers took a negative stance from the outset by belittling anything positive that their predecessors may have accomplished. The preoccupation on the part of some of the newcomers with the fact that offices handed over to them had been stripped of stationery and had no Internet connections, is incompatible with the more modern – at least not old-fashioned – political style we expected from George Papandreou’s government. The people who voted for the new government expect its ministers to build on any accomplishments in matters for which they are now responsible and to cast the spotlight on any fund mismanagement or other discrepancies they might discover as they become better acquainted with their ministries. But they should do this in a level-headed manner, without resorting to demagogy.