Why privatisations in #Greece won't happen

The Guardian had an article today discussing whether the Greek government can achieve its "ambitious" privatisation plan. It was a valiant effort at understanding what may not work, but they got it all wrong. Here are the real reasons privatisations won't happen.
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Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

.@plegrain tweeted a @guardiannews article abt challenges for privatisations in #Greece http://t.co/CxCSyD9 Here's what will really happen.

02/08/2011 14:48:55 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews Once privatisation commission starts work, pressure by MPs & labour unionists who want to be MPs will start.

02/08/2011 14:51:03 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews Under pressure, privatisation commission will exclude this or that chunk of each asset from privatisation.

02/08/2011 14:52:00 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews Eg privatisation commission will develop arcane rules for labour rights to please such or such unionist.

02/08/2011 14:53:03 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews Or privatisation commission will exclude from privatisation a plant in electoral district of such & such MP.

02/08/2011 14:54:07 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews The paperwork for privatisation will then go to the relevant ministry for processing.

02/08/2011 14:54:40 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews The paperwork for privatisation will be revised & annotated by minister, deputy, sec-gen, special sec, etc

02/08/2011 14:55:28 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews By the time the privatisation paperwork reaches the employee who must process it it will be incomprehensible

02/08/2011 14:56:11 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews The employee will go on holiday (hey, it's August). The privatisation paperwork will end up in a drawer.

02/08/2011 14:56:59 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews While the employee is on holiday, someone influential will have the head of department removed & transferred

02/08/2011 14:57:34 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews When the employee comes back from holiday, there will be no head of department to sign off the paperwork.

02/08/2011 14:58:10 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews The privatisation paperwork remains in a drawer until a new head of department is announced (min 2 months)

02/08/2011 14:58:41 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews When the new head of department moves in, he'll ask a different employee to do the paperwork all over again.

02/08/2011 14:59:34 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews When paperwork starts working its way up administration a zillion other influential ppl will have intervened

02/08/2011 15:00:31 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews Director will ask for corrections. Then special sec. Then sec-gen. Then deputy minister. Then minister.

02/08/2011 15:01:14 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews Paperwork will find its way back to the employee to implement all the "corrections" demanded by high-up ppl.

02/08/2011 15:01:50 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews 6 months later, paperwork is still going back & forth inside the ministry. Employee goes on maternity leave.

02/08/2011 15:02:50 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews A new employee takes over, & because he can't make sense of what was done, starts all over again.

02/08/2011 15:03:21 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews Head of privatisation commission has already had a nervous breakdown anyway (provided he's honest -doubtful)

02/08/2011 15:04:03 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews But all this matters not, because while the paperwork is shuffled around, the country has defaulted.

02/08/2011 15:04:54 WIB
Theodora Oikonomides @IrateGreek

#Greece @plegrain @guardiannews This is the real reason privatisations will never take place. All the rest you read and write is literature.

02/08/2011 15:05:30 WIB

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