OPINION

While they were on television…

Yesterday’s incident involving striking truck drivers revealed the complete lack of preparation of many state services to respond to a call for civil mobilization. According to every report made on the government’s decision to force truck drivers back to work, there were certain prefectures, such as that of Thessaloniki, which proved entirely unable to get the process going. And although civil mobilization is rarely put into effect, the times that it is are always crucial and the situation must be dealt with as quickly as possible. Yesterday’s events showed us that unfortunately there are certain local officials who are very good at delivering fiery speeches on television news programs but are also inept at dealing with issues that fall directly under their jurisdiction. This is something that citizens who are planning to vote in local elections this autumn need to bear in mind as they select their candidates. The country needs fewer officials who spend their days appearing on television and more capable managers running the business of the state.