Seasonal fruit…

One of the characteristics of last Sunday’s vote was that people were elected only because they were recognizable. The parties approached them…

Seasonal fruit… | tovima.gr

One of the characteristics of last Sunday’s vote was that people were elected only because they were recognizable. The parties approached them to become candidates in the local government elections because they were celebrities. Any of the celebrities who were not approached by any party decided to run on their own.

Pop star manager Ilias Psinakis dominated in Marathon, while former actor Apostolos Gletsos in Stylida claims to be ready to run for Prime Minister. Former football club owner Achilleas Beos excelled in Volos. Many actors, artists, athletes and stars are being elected municipal councilors.

“But is this Greece?” some may be wondering, unwilling to accept the life style, theatrics and football have dominated in politics as well.

Yes, to an extent, this is Greece; a country that vegetates in front of television and votes in elections with the same criteria is votes in the reality shows.

Thankfully, though, this is Greece only to an “extent”, because sooner or later, of these newcomers in politics turnout out to be seasonal fruit.

When celebrities run for the first time in an election they are triumphant. Perhaps they may even get voted in for a second term, if nobody divs them out the first time around. Then they disappear, as suddenly as they appeared in the first place.

While Mr. Psinakis and Mr. Beos triumphed, Mrs. Gerekou and Mrs. Kafantari failed to get elected. In the past other actors, such as Nora Katseli and Eleni Kourkoula and athletes, such as Kostas Patavoukas and Giorgos Anatolakis, had a similar fate.

Some managed to stay afloat longer because they had a more glamorous name. The others faded away. That is what happens will all fireworks: They will disappear as quickly as they attracted your attention. That is the rule!

Vasilis Chiotis

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