Uncertain and confused
After a year and a half in power, George Papandreou’s Socialist government is failing to inspire confidence among voters. The endless arguments between ministers and the lack of a core team of officials assigned with the coordination of government work have raised confusion and concern that is inevitably taking a toll on economic activity. The public has so far demonstrated maturity and patience, shouldering the burden of cuts and social security system reforms. However, more and more people are beginning to question whether the PASOK administration really has a plan to pull the debt-ridden country out of the crisis. There hardly seems to be a set of senior administration officials who share the same goals or even a leader for that matter. A continuation of the existing tension and foot-dragging will be disastrous. Papandreou and his government must realize that there is simply no time for theoretical blather and hesitation.