OPINION

No end to partisan politics

It appears that the Greek political party system is unwilling to allow any nonparty figure take on any kind of significant role in the country?s governing or public affairs.

Could this be the result of the high levels of insecurity felt in the ranks of party mechanisms, party members who feel that the appointment of nonparty-affiliated personalities to key positions could lead to the loss of whatever powers they still have?

Or could it be because a political system which invariably pushes forward and promotes average people in the political arena cannot possibly bear to see competent and well-respected Greeks as its competition?

Regardless of what the answer might be, the ability of the mechanisms of power to ultimately impose their will is quite impressive, no matter what the objectives — or even despite the latter — of whoever is acting as prime minister at the time.

One can only hope that this highly devastating state of affairs will not apply to the country?s newly formed government led by Antonis Samaras.