It’s new elections for Greece. If this poll is any indication it marks the beginning of a new era in Greek politics. Frankly, if the former large parties of ND and PASOK are going to be performing so abysmally, they should just quit while there is still time and re-invent themselves in some relevant way.
A even newer poll for newspaper PONTIKI updates these figures. SYRIZA is at 22%m, ND at 19.5%, PASOK at 14%, ANEXARTITOI ELLINES at 7.5%, KKE at 5.5% and HRISI AVGI at 5.5%, DIMAR at 5.5%.
Tsipras, whether you like him or not, trust him or not, is still a young, fresh new political face. The other options are tired choices. They have been seen in action again and again, and though this situation is not entirely the fault of politicians, the public needs real scapegoats and a new lease on life.
So what is it going to be? The rallying cry of old? Join forces center-right and center-left. Vote for ND and PASOK to stay in the Euro. Will it be enough? It doesn’t seem to be helping any at the moment!
All the parliamentarians I know and speak with admit that change is now a must, especially change at the top. None of them seem to believe that there is enough time to do this now. They feel that if people decide on Tsipras and SYRIZA then it may not even matter what happens next, if it ends up spelling a catastrophe for the country.
They will inevitably need to reshuffle internally once the elections are over with in order to face the new challenges.
Nonetheless, in all likelihood, they will be irrelevant then and so will their parties. I am not one to ever recommend acting in haste. But sometimes riding the fence is not possible. Clarity is what people demand in the darkest hour. Not hesitancy. This is not about internal politics. It’s about the big picture, the future of Greece.
Go for it. Take the leap but remember dont compromise. If you are going to do anything, make it something good, otherwise await your sentence passively, to see for whom the bell will toll in June.
PS up and down they go… the numbers I mean (from ALPHA TV GREECE)