domingo, 15 de agosto de 2010
TEc - "One down, 69 to go" - On Greece's 70 closed-shop professions, a country in need of large-scale reform.
The patriotic stand taken by Pasok - the same party that in the past made a significant contribution to the stiffness and undue privileges of professional groups at the expense of the national interest - finally came forced on by the country's close brush with financial disaster.That it should take such extreme conditions to deal with vested interests, entrenched pressure groups and parasites that have long lived indecently above the national average income bears witness to the difficulties when not outright connivance of former governments to adequately deal with them.
The time of reckoning had to arrive but for the vast majority of Greeks the internal adjustment has to be explained every step of the way.
An unbalanced society where so few can undermine the collective well-being needs serious-minded politicians sitting on all benches and strong government with a clear set of targeted objectives.
Hopefully most Greeks have realized by now that this is their call to heed.
The plight of their country is not in essence the result of the international financial meltdown and its broader fallout.
The latter hastened things up bringing to the fore the vulnerability of many societies - Greece's is not a loner - that had long placed themselves in a very tight spot.
Indeed if all reforms are pushed through to successful implementation Greece may in a few years' time emerge a streamlined, cost-effective economy with better social balance across all walks of life.
Push did come to shove as the PM feared months ago but the speed with which the government has since acted is for now the best pointer that there could be light at the end of a long and winding tunnel!
The challenges remain daunting.
So far the political will does not seem to have abated.It cannot, if anything reformist momemtum must be increased.
External entities are closely watching but it is for Greeks to deliver.
Doing the right things for the right reasons.For their own sake.
Opening up every shop in town and just about all else that requires adjusting.