Politics behind glass

It was only a matter of time: Since the domestic political scene has come to be determined by television, it was to be expected that television would at some point also determine the political protagonists as well. The so-called standout candidates who will feature on party tickets this year, namely TV stars with no related experience whatsoever, marks the latest victory of spectacle over politics. It proves that Greece’s political parties operate from within a glass world. Any attempts to rejuvenate themselves only prove the point. In a democracy, the parliament must reflect the current social makeup. TV personalities would be of use if their careers so far indicated that they stand behind specific social groups and their issues. If they represent nothing more than their TV roles, then there is no place for them in Parliament.