OPINION

Drive for innovation a failure

One can only wonder why it took the government two-and-a-half months and a complex series of procedures online in order to end up appointing PASOK party veterans to key posts as general secretaries. The innovative online system for government appointments was ostensibly introduced in order to attract new faces and talent to politics and to draw capable people from different areas to positions as government advisers. Unfortunately, what we saw happen instead was the government recycling party officials and those who had hoped to have a career in politics but failed to do so. The government’s initial drive for technologically advanced and transparent systems of governance seems to have fizzled down to little more than a public relations stunt and the case of the general secretary appointments is the most recent example of their ineffectiveness. Moreover, the failure of the system to inject new blood into the government simply confirms the pessimistic belief among the public at large that nothing ever really changes in Greek politics.