Ugly pol­i­tics

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY MARIA KATSOUNAKI

sup­port in a re­cent poll. In Greece, 91 per­cent have said that they are not sat­is­fied with the way that the gov­ern­ment has been han­dling its af­fairs and 79 per­cent are also un­happy with the op­po­si­tion and the job it is do­ing, ac­cord­ing to a Pub­lic Is­sue poll. Politi­cians in many parts of world are in­creas­ingly be­ing de­scribed as in­com­pe­tent, in­ef­fec­tive, un­able to step up to the plate, cor­rupt and in other such en­dear­ing terms. The ques­tion is: Are politi­cians the scape­goats for the huge changes that are cur­rently tak­ing place around the world and with which peo­ple sim­ply can­not rec­on­cile them­selves? The harder daily life be­comes for ci­ti­zens, the higher un­em­ploy­ment soars, the more job in­se­cu­rity grows and prospects for the fu­ture shrink, the more politi­cians start tap­ping into pub­lic sen­ti­ment, stok­ing grand nationalist ideas and vot­ers’ dis­sat­is­fac­tion. The poor qual­ity of pol­i­tics is shap­ing a so­cial en­vi­ron­ment de­fined by fa­tigue and neg­a­tiv­ity. The New York Times rightly points out that in the US elec­tions, “ris­ing tox­i­c­ity threat­ens the ul­ti­mate vic­tor.” Who can re­ally cel­e­brate a win when the over­all en­vi­ron­ment has be­come so poi­sonous? In Greece, the num­ber of peo­ple who be­lieve that we need elec­tions soon and those who

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