Stum­bling block

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The SYRIZA-led gov­ern­ment has taken the wrong path. It is us­ing party of­fi­cials to con­trol the state ap­pa­ra­tus, pub­lic util­i­ties and in­de­pen­dent watch­dogs. An es­tab­lish­ment men­tal­ity of this kind will take the coun­try decades back. Whether Greece is un­der its lenders’ su­per­vi­sion or not, there is an ab­so­lute need to sever ties be­tween the state and po­lit­i­cal par­ties. Claim­ing that “we are only do­ing what our pre­de­ces­sors were do­ing” will not do. True as this may be, it is part of why th­ese pre­de­ces­sors were pun­ished by vot­ers – es­pe­cially the younger gen­er­a­tions. We must turn the page and move for­ward. It is em­barass­ing that our lenders have to de­mand that we purge pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion and mon­i­tor­ing mech­a­nisms of party in­ter­fer­ence. The prime min­is­ter must change course and re­al­ize that tak­ing over the state may work to please his po­lit­i­cal cronies but it is a cause for anger among thou­sands of job­less youth who never thought of knock­ing on party doors to find work. Af­ter all, a state manned by party acolytes will never be a fair and ef­fec­tive mech­a­nism but a stum­bling block.

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