A new leader emerges

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY COSTAS IORDANIDIS

mit­i­gate the sig­nif­i­cance of the cit­i­zens’ ver­dict. De­spite th­ese ob­jec­tions, May faith­fully fol­lowed pro­ce­dures – in the tra­di­tion of Bri­tain. And with that we ar­rived at the an­nounce­ment of snap elec­tions by the Bri­tish prime min­is­ter – af­ter she first in­formed Queen El­iz­a­beth II. Some peo­ple may ar­gue that May’s de­ci­sion is noth­ing but a tac­ti­cal ma­neu­ver. In pol­i­tics strat­egy can be nec­es­sary, but it can also be dev­as­tat­ing when it serves as an end in it­self. What is all the more in­ter­est­ing is that while May was never an avid sup­porter of Brexit, she made it clear when she an­nounced early elec­tions that she is ad­dress­ing the hard core vot­ers of the Con­ser­va­tive, which, for decades, was in­tensely eu­roskep­tic, and when given the op­por­tu­nity dur­ing the ref­er­en­dum, seized the day to lib­er­ate it­self. May didn’t at­tempt to ap­peal to so­ci­ety to come to­gether. This is be­cause she un­der­stands as a politi­cian that the power of the party she leads stems from her har­mo­nious re­la­tion­ship with the hard core. With­out this core, the party will be torn by cen­trifu­gal forces. But a politi­cian never iden­ti­fies with the hard core be­cause he or she knows very well that the mis­sion is – hav­ing first won the party’s

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