OPINION

Another publicity stunt?

The public is waiting to see whether the recent publication by the PASOK government of the names of people who dodged their taxes, contributions and other dues to the state is a genuine campaign to crack down on the phenomenon, or whether it is merely a publicity stunt, one primarily aimed at diverting attention from the administration’s even bigger shortcomings and major challenges. Voters are waiting to see whether the Socialist administration of George Papandreou will be able to summon up the necessary political courage to impose sanctions on private companies. According to official data and reports that have not been specifically denied, some private firms have repeatedly been found in breach of the law. Any attempt by the relevant ministries to cover up illegal activities will have devastating political and social ramifications. Of course this is true in general, but it applies even more so in times of crisis such as the present.