OP/ED: Government’s should look to the future not the past

OP/ED: Government’s should look to the future not the past

The return to the past and its distinct targeting is what guides most the political parties in Greece. The introversion that characterizes all the political forces in a country that after 8 years of memorandum obligations has failed to escape the economic crisis is not by chance. Not that the other countries have made it through completely, but they have at least partly gained their lost credibility on the global market.

Attached to their glorious ancestors and the duty of the World community to their achievements, the Greeks continue to be politically imprisoned in history rather than learning from it.

If one watches political debates both within and outside Parliament, the only thing he will manage to learn is about the past, and not the future. There is an immense river of responsibility in every conversation; conversations that lack imagination and are without vision for the next day.

Civilian staff, usually, waste time and money in the name of the past, leaving the future to the mercy of fate and the will of God.

The past is or should function as a school. Obviously with so many changes in Greece’s education system, schools themselves haven’t produced the desired results. Otherwise, one cannot explain the desire by politician’s for a return to the past, that leads nowhere and consequently to an attribution of responsibility.

In serious states, past affairs, which need further investigation, are taken over by the Justice system, sometimes even the voters with their vote condemn or acquit those involved. The political system is overspilling with “retired” politicians.

The government’s insistence on politicising the past, certainly does not act in its favour. It wastes time collecting findings against former governments, instead of planning and implementing its next moves on the priorities it has set itself to do. The narrative of the past, of responsibilities and of corruption have been overcome by a large majority of the Greek people. Everybody knows more or less what happened. Therefore, repetition does not aid in dealing with the problems of everyday life and those of the next day.

Sudden criticisms by the government of the Justice system bear no fruit. The tension between Justice and Government has already crossed the borders of Greece and is comparable to situations of new EU members such as Hungary and Poland.

If the government really wants to help and be helped by Justice, then it should give it total independence and absolute responsibility for its decisions. With all the consequences that this might bring through a clear legal framework and no loopholes.

The Greek government and every government is bound to look ahead. To look to the future./ΙΒΝΑ