The lists: Names but no sub­stance

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY MARIA KATSOUNAKI

this amount can ac­tu­ally be col­lected. And let’s not for­get that the list was in fact based on a pre­vi­ous list orig­i­nally pub­lished in 2012, and that noth­ing came of that. Over the last six years, the pub­li­ca­tion of lists has been as­so­ci­ated with the no­tion of a cleans­ing of the sys­tem and each gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sive­ness to crack down on tax eva­sion, cor­rup­tion and the shadow econ­omy. Ev­ery so of­ten, the names of well-known doc­tors, lawyers, artists and pub­lic fig­ures in gen­eral are ex­posed fol­low­ing in­spec­tions by mem­bers of the Fi­nan­cial Crime Squad (SDOE), of­fer­ing so­ci­ety a tem­po­rary sense of re­lease and that things are fi­nally be­ing put right. This prac­tice reached a peak with the so-called La­garde list of Greek de­pos­i­tors at a Geneva branch of HSBC and the tur­bu­lence fol­low­ing its pub­li­ca­tion. The lists, like pop­u­lar nov­els, our era’s ver­sion of Clas­sics Il­lus­trated, ul­ti­mately con­firm the ex­act op­po­site of what they set out to do in the first place: the ex­is­tence of gov­ern­ment pro­tegees’ pow­er­ful net­works, the in­ef­fi­ciency of ad­min­is­tra­tive ser­vices and the kind of de­spair that those in the top ech­e­lons of lo­cal pol­i­tics find them­selves get­ting into each time. Any ini­tial hope that some­thing could change and that for once those re­spon­si­ble will end up pay­ing (in all the var­i­ous mean­ings of the

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