November 17, 1958

DIFFICULT DEMOCRACY: (From an editorial in Kathimerini on the suspension of parliamentary sessions) «Resuming parliamentary sessions would be useful for many reasons at this time if the government wanted to use the House for useful work and should the opposition decide to play a more constructive role, rather than just practicing demagogy. Unfortunately at this time, the opposition finds itself in a serious crisis that has ultimately deprived it of its leadership, while the government, absorbed as it is by the imminent United Nations debate on the Cyprus issue, has neither the time nor the necessary calmness to undertake a parliamentary debate. Much has taken place lately that would provide ample fodder for debate. So the government would do well to draft a schedule for parliamentary work upon issues that will require approval by the national representatives. The opposition should draft a list of questions on the issues that need attention. Institutions are made stronger when the people are convinced of their usefulness, but are weakened when there is the impression that they are an unnecessary luxury.»