Finding a scapegoat won’t help

The Socialist government of Prime Minister George Papandreou has recently made a mess of its public relations strategy which could lead it into dangerous gaffes and blunders. We had an example of such a faux pas just yesterday, when a leak from the government created speculation over the possible retroactive application of a law defining the period of time for which ministers can be held accountable for their actions. A similar impression was given by government officials who attacked those who dared to criticize the country’s political leadership. These are crucial times that require cool heads and prudence. No amount of vacuous legalistic arguments or communications tricks will be enough to curb the frustration of the public. It is equally important that any judicial action and government announcement in the fight against tax evasion be carried out in accordance with the law and with respect to civic rights. The red line that separates lawlessness from unchecked incrimination, without safety valves, is an extremely thin one.

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