This is a really sad case.
A case that demonstrates in the most convincing manner the difficulties in changing the political class – and society as a whole, of Greece.
John Kotter, a guru on attitudinal change in managers, writes: people do not change one minute before being forced to change – usually the catalyst is when you hit bottom…”
Rena Dourou was elected Attica regional Governor this year representing SYRIZA, theoretically a “progressive” party.
Dorou has decided – listen, listen – to prohibit the relevant services of the Region of Attica from contributing in any way to evaluating the credentials or performance of civil servants calling it “detrimental to the proper functioning of the government and its services to the citizens.”
I understand what you are thinking. I do not believe it. Trust me. It is a fact.
Here is my question: Is there any organization, from elementary school up to PhD programs, from a small business to a multinational corporation, from a small municipality to a large state, which does not assess people who are under their responsibility?
How else can a school decide who will graduate? How can a business manager determine who will or will not be promoted without evaluations? Even just talking about this is absurd.
The mere fact that there are young people in positions of responsibility who oppose this indicates how much work remains to be done so that Greece can go forward.
Forget Merkel and the euro. The problem is withing the walls of Athens. Dourou is certainly not stupid. She knew very well why she borrowed language from the Communist “Oath of the Mountain” when she was sworn into office.
And she knows very well why she is pretending to be a patron of the “proper functioning of the government and its services to the citizens.”
She has taken a page from the PASOK guidebook of the 1980s: the worse the government, the more problems a government causes to the people, so much the better for her and SYRIZA.
But she is obviously not aware that Greece is in 2014, not 1981, when Andreas Papandreou took over.
How much worse do they want things to get? How will they govern if they come to power?
Through the gloom of this sad story shines a ray of light: Another young man, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Minister of Administrative Reform and e-Governance, is determined to implement the law.
To do the obvious. To join and win the battle for the present and the future of the country.
That is the kind of dynamism the country needs. If a critical mass of like-minded determined citizens and ministers emerges, an avalanche will follow that will change the country.
This is the sure road that leads to dignity, to development.
The other road, Dourou’s road, leads with certainty to life under memoranda without end.