Break­ing ta­boos

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

ta­boos. The prob­lems, how­ever, start when the voices of petty party in­ter­ests are al­lowed to grow louder than those of so­ci­ety and sim­ple com­mon sense. Un­for­tu­nately this hap­pens at al­most ev­ery level of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process, with cat­a­strophic con­se­quences for the coun­try and the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem. Our politi­cians act within the bounds of a closed sys­tem that im­poses the party’s choice, from the ad­min­is­tra­tion of a hos­pi­tal to the staffing of some ob­scure pub­lic body. This blind ad­her­ence to the party ta­boos is one of the rea­sons why Greece is where it is to­day. Any­time a prime min­is­ter has tried to ap­point a pow­er­ful, non-par­ti­san per­son­al­ity to a key post of the pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion, he has fallen vic­tim to sneaky at­tacks from party of­fi­cials, union­ists and other party cadres. So how can this change? When will our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers re­al­ize that what up­sets the party core may earn them greater sup­port from so­ci­ety? This is the ques­tion that politi­cians who want to be a part of rad­i­cally chang­ing the fu­ture of this coun­try need to ask them­selves. Of course it would take a great deal of cer­tainty and self­con­fi­dence. Politi­cians in a coun­try like Greece of­ten put loy­alty and con­for­mity above all else. In many cases this has also proved to be po­lit­i­cally dis­as­trous. A per­son who spends all day at party of­fices suck­ing up to the lead­er­ship is as

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