The KINAL elections reminded me of what a good friend of mine once told me: “Spiritual laws are both merciful and ruthless.”
This thoughtful phrase fits the political catastrophe of the Papandreou family and the party – or the ‘movement’ if you prefer – founded by Andreas Papandreou (how ironic!) and the launch into the political arena of Nikos Androulakis.
Some may feel sorry about the Papandreou family’s inglorious, abrupt end in Greece’s political life, but it should come as no surprise. Life, after all, follows a “ruthless logic and order.”
This is where attempts by a politician who selects any means necessary to hold onto power ultimately leads, just as with any extreme in the natural world (passion, extremism, divisiveness) – it leads to the end quicker.
And if the founder can and does avoid this fate, his family members are usually not so lucky.
Perhaps George Papandreou did not deserve such luck.
But he could not bear Papandreou-ism on his shoulders, so the current swept him away – the thirst of the party members for power and the vindictive attitude of old and influential members of their party against him did not give him a chance to win.
I congratulate Androulakis for his election and wish him all the best, for the sake of the country – which needs a solid center-left party – and I welcome the fact that he is a man from a relatively humble family who was able to get elected to lead a party.
We must therefore assume that he has serious political skills.
However, his CV, unfortunately, is very weak. The most important position he held was that of Member of the European Parliament.
Are these qualifications enough nowadays for a man who aspires to become the country’s prime minister?
Alexis Tsipras started with similar qualifications but he was a better speaker. Nevertheless, as we found out when he arrived at the Prime Minister’s Office, he was so unprepared to face the complex technical issues that were presented to him that he almost got the country expelled from the European Union.
Does Androulakis have the volume of accumulated knowledge and experience required for the analysis and proper handling of the serious problems and crises facing the country?
The young Androulakis – he is only 42 years old – continues to talk about the ‘Democratic party’, as Andreas did decades ago.
Is this what the country needs? A return to the sins of the past? Did it not learn anything from its adventures?
Charisma, for someone who has it, is certainly a powerful weapon in life and politics, but how many times will people make the mistake of believing that it is enough for the successful governance of the country?