The parliamentary committee investigating the Siemens scandal yesterday proved how inadequate and also how malevolent investigations into a major issue can become when left in the hands of politicians. The committee has had ample opportunity to trace where the money came from and where it went and to discover which political parties were involved in the cash-for-contracts scandal. Instead, it chose to go after the chief of OTE telecom, the only party involved that reacted against the shady dealings. This is not the first time a group of politicians who have been given special authority have been in cahoots with unionists and certain other politicians to place the blame on people who have just being doing their jobs. The only thing this stance can achieve is to push away any good people interested in holding important posts within the state apparatus, leaving only the apparatchiks and the corrupt to run the show. Let’s hope that the justice system is not also lured by the sirens of populism and that it evaluates the evidence of the Siemens affair fairly.