The tired motif of public manipulation
From the side of the opposition, the line used most often is that anything the government does is an attempt at deceiving and misleading the people; this is a motif that is popular with all the opposition parties. We are hearing the same old line repeated again today in regard to the government’s attempt to change the electoral law by introducing a system akin to proportional representation. The idea, apparently, is to equalize the importance of every vote so that there are no “worthless” or “gamechanging” ballots, as is the case when the first party gets a bonus of 50 seats in the House. We are seeing parties that are otherwise opposed to each other (such as conservative New Democra- cy, the Greek Communist Party, center-right To Potami and far-left Sailing for Freedom) converging – irrespective of their particular style of rhetoric – on the same accusation: that by changing the agenda, the government is trying to mislead the people. This point of view has never found itself without its champions. There are always political forces willing to adopt it even though it is deeply insulting to the very people it is purportedly devised to defend. In truth, how much does a society respect anyone who claims that its beliefs and feelings can be reset by any tactical move made by a government and are not the independent and well-founded product of day-to-day experience?