OPINION

Toward a strong, united ND

New Democracy is at serious risk of finding itself fractured to an irreversible point and this is something that should be avoided at all cost. The country needs a unified and powerful center-right party as an alternative to the present leftist-nationalist coalition.

On the other hand, fear of turbulence should not prevent the members of the party from holding an open and honest – and likely heated at times – discussion on the conservatives’ ideological identity and what needs to be done to modernize the party.

A fearful, introverted New Democracy is not a viable solution. It would be of little use to anyone.

The election of a new chief could go a long way toward breathing some new life into this tired party. Of course for that to happen, all the party’s candidates and its older hardcore members would have to pledge to support the new leader and do whatever is necessary to prevent splintering.