OPINION

Don’t take your foot off the pedal

The government is seriously considering the possibility of having to call in the army and its trucks to perform the duties of striking truck drivers who are protesting the liberalization of their sector. For every democracy, there are times when a government must put the good of the whole first and accept the responsibility of a difficult or unpopular decision. Right now, Greece is locked in a battle to survive financially and the fact is that no union or lobby or professional group has the right to hold the entire country hostage to its demands. Should George Papandreou’s PASOK government decide to enlist the help of the military after all, it will put an end to the blockade and send a very strong message to other groups who may be getting ready to employ similar tactics to the truck drivers. It is clear that the government is locking horns with some of the country’s most powerful interest groups and any sign that it could back down will indicate weakness and fuel other protests.