Nine candidates and the last debate on Monday night between them before the big day, when the new president of the united centre-left wing will be elected, are shaping the political picture that divides SYRIZA from New Democracy (ND).
On Sunday, November 12 2017, more than nine hundred (900) ballot boxes across Greece will be waiting for the friends of the parties and their members to vote for the new leader.
The collapse of the once powerful PASOK party, which took place in the time of the memoranda, and the entrance of SYRIZA as the fresh blood of the Centre with very close bonds with the Left wing, made similar-ideology parties and the affiliated movements looking towards the direction of becoming a united front. Something like this had also happened in 1961 when the small parties of the Centre united, thus creating Centre Union. It was only two years later, that the new party managed to come to power, holding Greece’s reins.
However, let us not forget that in that time, the player was the charismatic Georgios Papandreou; a figure that, judging but Monday-night-debate participants’ standards is not the case right now. What all nine candidates proved is that none has what it takes to “confront” premier Alexis Tsipras in the political arena and win.
What appeared acutely negative during Monday night’s debate was the ideological obscurity surrounding the lack of a specific framework of the united political field. The main question which remained unanswered is whether the new body will belong to the Centre-Left, will be of a Social Democratic nature or part of the progressive centre. Obviously, the greater the number of voters close to the above mentioned obscurity, the greater the danger of ending up painfully isolated and with a weak voice.
The other negative aspects of the body which is about to be established were candidates’ focus on whether they should work with SYRIZA or ND in case of elections and the inability to create a self-sufficient government. Clearly, if a body’s agenda is topped by working together with another political party instead of concentrating and believing in one’s own power and the victory, lessens the possibility of bringing the body’s future voters together.
In conclusion, what oozed with negativity was candidates’ egocentric behaviour. Crossing swords with their co-candidates proved that the body’s unity is already questionable.
This last week before the crucial vote of November 12 as well as its result, will judge the success or failure of this political venture. If it fails, SYRIZA and ND will lead a game in a playground for two…/IBNA