“I’m not a political analyst or an economist to be in a position to say who is exactly to blame. Probably all of us are responsible, even the Martyrs that tolerated this situation and did nothing to change it. Surely, we need someone descent in charge and maybe only one is not enough because the others will soon knock him out. I had hoped (and probably a lot of Greeks as well) that Lukas Papademos was our hope, but I see no change. A true will to reform Greece from its base; to reform and change the system; to really deal with tax evasion for example. There is a TV “show” in SKAI presented by Alexis Papahelas and two others called “i nei fakeli” that dealt with tax evasion and what I saw was absolutely hopeless”.
That has caused me to ponder how Mr. Papademos might have been spending his time so far. Put differently: what has he done and what is he doing? How does he spend his time?
Well, if he has given a rousing blood-sweat-and-tears speech about the long dark tunnel ahead but with a light at the end of the tunnel, I must have missed it. Oh, one has to be a charismatic political leader to be such a rousing speaker? A technocrat can’t do that? Well, anyone who has seen the movie where George VI gave the King’ Speech will know that even a man with a speech impediment can rouse people.
If Mr. Papademos has done anything about developing a long-term economic plan for Greece, I have missed that, too. I am not saying that he, as Prime Minister, should do that personally. He shouldn’t, despite all his technocratic expertise. But he could have commissioned a task force of “the best and brightest intellectual, economic and business talent” which Greece has to offer – and Greece offers a lot of that! – to develop such a plan.
Instead, everything I have heard from Mr. Papademos, via newspapers and/or social media, related in one way or another to troika issues, debt issues, austerity issues and other things like that.
So I can see why my young Greek friend is disappointed. I am, too! Particularly since it would be so easy to take some of the right steps. Just think what a regular, middle-market entrepreneur (possibly without academic education) might do when his company got into trouble.
Well, he probably would call all his employees together to talk to them about the problems. He would explain where the company has been; where it is now; where he hopes to have it in the foreseeable future; and what everyone can contribute to achieve that. He would explain that they all have to work together, to pull on the same string in order to get there. He would explain to his employees that if they didn’t want to do that, he might as well close doors right away. On the other hand, if they did do that, they would all have a good time again in the future.
What are you waiting for, Mr. Papademos?