Time to change the way we tackle vice

What does the Gospel teach us about corruption? First of all, that it crops up in even the best of families. Let us consider the time when, according to the Bible, Christ was betrayed by Judas. If one of the 12 disciples, who were friends with the holiest individual in history, turned out to be...

The quest for virtue versus self-interest

It seems that one of Greek society's most steadfast demands is for some virtue in public administration. We would like to have virtuous politicians, honorable civil servants, even selfless voters. But this is a romantic idea. We seem to hope to create a «community of angels» in which citizens...

Curbing corruption in public life

The greatest weapon against corruption is probably transparency. When citizens are aware of how public finances are being spent, there is a significant reduction in the squandering of public money. This is why we have the Government Gazette, which records all the decisions and activities of the...

Airing sentiment at the expense of facts

Last Sunday, Greek television channels fought for ratings in their 8 p.m. news bulletins. The predominant - and virtually exclusive - subject of these bulletins was the defeat of the Greek national basketball team by Spain in the world championship final. All the major channels aired the cliche...

Greeks misinformed about Middle East

In a recent poll, 51 percent of Greeks expressed support for Hezbollah in the recent war between the Islamic militants and Israel, compared to not more than 20 percent in other Western European countries. Also, 79 percent of Greeks believed that Israel started the conflict, compared to 59 percent...

Interventionist state is keeping us poor

We know that in so-called liberal countries the rich get richer - and this has now been confirmed by a recent Eurostat survey. The «heartless Thatcherites» of Great Britain and Ireland boast average per capita monthly incomes of 3,018 euros and 2,559 euros respectively, while citizens of the...

Living in a state of constant alert

We got through it one more time. The heat wave is finally over and - apart from a few isolated problems with electricity supply - there have been no reports of any blackouts. For this we should thank the thousands of employees at the Public Power Corporation (PPC). Meanwhile, the new record high...