Private “center”, public sin |

The word ‘center’ is reassuring, especially when accompanied by the words ‘hospitality’ and ‘welfare’. What does an automatic mind translator tell you when you hear “hospitality center” or “welfare center”? It is human space and is either under the control of the State or, if managed by an individual, under the strict and uninterrupted supervision of the State.”

Despite reasonable definitions, our experience with these centers, private and state-owned (such as immigration centres), becomes more bitter each year. Adapting the famous maxim of the Greek poet Lorenzos Maviris, “There are no vulgar words, there are only vulgar people,” “There are no good words. There are good people.”

His party affiliation has traditionally been his qualification to appoint administrators of state welfare centers. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have experience in this type of work, as long as you have the right connections. The higher his connection, the higher status he will be assigned as a reward for his contribution to the party. In this case, the description “failed politician” does not begin to describe the candidate, but this undesirable quality is a passport to the top of such public institutions.

Two centers have been in the media whirlwind of late. The first is Ark of the World, a children’s charity. This was a private entity after all, apparently taking advantage of all the opportunities offered by Greece’s dormant rule of law and dormant welfare state. The ministries knew Noah hadn’t called shots on that Ark since at least August (plus, Christianity doesn’t accept immigration, after all). On the contrary, they allowed their personal information to be leaked and are now being blackmailed by unknown persons.

The second is the Central Macedonian Social Welfare Center, a state-owned center for children with disabilities. Here, child abuse complaints dated him two years earlier, but the authorities’ inaction predates that. On Nov. 22, the ministry renewed the term of the center’s board and also extended the term of his two-time president Vasiliki Nakou as the ruling party’s candidate for the new democracy. Just three days after him, the board was ousted after the disastrous findings of the National Transparency Agency were released. Private “center”, public sin |

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