Rumor mill serves no one

Speculation over whether Prime Minister George Papandreou will be going ahead with a Cabinet reshuffle this coming autumn has been rife over the past few weeks but really must come to an end. The ministers of this government should be focusing all of their efforts on the task at hand, rather than wondering whether they will be moved to a different post or not and where, because the situation right now is critical and there are many tough decisions that need to be made. This fall is expected to be a crucial time for Greece, as many of the terms outlined in Athens’s bailout agreement with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund will be put into effect. It all comes down, therefore, to the prime minister making up his mind soon and putting a stop to the rumor mill, which is largely being generated by the ruling PASOK party itself. The country right now needs ministers whose minds are concentrated on their jobs. Those who are incapable of handling the tasks assigned to them, meanwhile, had best be sent home before they upend the entire reform process.