Pavlos Matessis

Heaven help us if culture is to expect anything substantive from politics in general. Culture always gets ahead anyway. I always weigh up my own life without reference to politics. Politicians are either people who make promises in good faith but cannot keep them, or who make promises in bad faith for their own professional gain. I don’t like this family game; I’d rather their parents got them work elsewhere so they can make a living. The Papandreous are trying to make a cut-rate Kennedy dynasty, just as the Kennedys tried to make a cut-rate Hapsburg dynasty. As for the debate, the most important thing was what Costas Simitis didn’t say. I think Costas Simitis is the most important politician since Alexandros Papanastasiou (1920s politician) and Harilaos Trikoupis (19th century premier), and perhaps he’ll make life hell for the new government. Pavlos Matessis is a writer.

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