Is New Democracy trying to buy time?

Is New Democracy trying to buy time?

Athens, December 14, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Olga Mavrou

In a week from now New Democracy might come up with a new party  president if there aren’t any  new obstacles to the party elections  -one of them is a  complaint filed against the party from the company that had undertaken the previous elections but not the upcoming ones, and another obstacle might be the outcome per se. If the president of the party is not elected form the first round, then the final second round will be held on January. And the fact is that all those delays serve in many respects the main opposition party.

As time goes by, the government passes its unpopular measures with the opposition “invisible”  or hypotonic and  sluggish, and the elections are a good excuse for the opposite reasons for both the centro-western Europeans and the electorate in Greece. Thanks to the “procrastinating” party elections New Democracy can always find as Ianos an excuse for concessions to unpopular laws (to content the disappointment of the electorate)  as well for denial on supporting measures that European conservative parties consider important. And there is also a very important law that SYRIZA want to pass, concerning the right to own a TV channel and broadcast –this law concerning the media  is quite “thorny” since it disrupts the interrelated andinterdependent interests of politicians and businessmen involved in the  media. New Democracy has declared that the opposition will not vote for it unless its president is elected. The government tries to find a way to address the problem. That is quite difficult, because the law cannot pass without the votes of New Democracy,  since according to the constitution 4/5 of the heads of the parties represented  in the Parliament must approve.

So buying time almost at any cost is the best recipe for New Democracy. And the real or fabricated or exaggerated disagreements between the 4 candidates also serve well  as an “excuse provider”  for any inconsistencies that are essentially needed for the party to manage to get to the next general elections as unscathed as possible.

So if Meimarakis (who is considered a favori) is elected from the first round, New Democracy will have fewer excuses for refusing to consent on the bills to come until January. If New Democracy on the other hand does what the European social democrats expect and demand (that is to support SYRIZA in its unpopular bills), then the party will lose the support of the electorate. If Tzitsikostas is elected (and some consider this possible), New Democracy might win some time, because Tzitziokostas is not a member of the Parliament. That means that when for example the Prime Minister addresses the head of New Democracy, he will have to  address the representative present in the Parliament – this cannot be Tzitzikostas. So New Democracy will come up with a diarchy (a “president” in the Parliament and an elected  president in the offices of the party). This seemingly dysfunctional diarchy might serve the party in the long term,  since diarchy can be blamed for many things.

And when the general elections come, New Democracy can always blame for its unproductive opposition and the support to unpopular measures either the diarchy or the continuous disagreements between the candidates who are supposed to represent the trends in the right wing  electorate.