All talk but no real ac­tion

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It is beyond any doubt that in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­ducted by ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties and the me­dia have un­cov­ered sig­nif­i­cant cor­rup­tion scan­dals. But the prob­lem that has al­most al­ways de­fined Greece is that noth­ing ever hap­pens and no one re­ally gets in trou­ble. The set­ting up of sketchy in­ves­tiga­tive com­mit­tees to look into the scan­dals are, in most cases, noth­ing but pa­thetic pub­lic­ity stunts or­ches­trated by des­per­ate govern­ments that lead nowhere. But this in­abil­ity of suc­ces­sive Greek govern­ments is not just con­fined to mat­ters per­tain­ing to cor­rup­tion scan­dals and mat­ters of jus­tice, but ex­tends to other fun­da­men­tal pil­lars of any self-re­spect­ing, func­tional so­ci­ety, like health and ed­u­ca­tion. The sense that govern­ments have no real in­ter­est in tack­ling ma­jor scan­dals, other than for short-term par­ti­san gains, has fu­eled cyn­i­cism and anger within a so­ci­ety re­signed to the fact that its govern­ments al­most al­ways let it down.

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