Build­ing a con­vinc­ing nar­ra­tive

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

Aris Velou­ch­i­o­tis

and Apivita are worlds apart. The Sec­ond World War Greek re­sis­tance fighter and the nat­u­ral cos­met­ics com­pany are sim­ply two very dif­fer­ent brands. The for­mer be­longs to a dark past that we are try­ing to fi­nally put be­hind us, while the lat­ter rep­re­sents a brighter fu­ture for cri­siswracked Greece. Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras is try­ing to bring the two brands to­gether; try­ing, as usual, to strad­dle two com­pletely dif­fer­ent sides. Many of the more rad­i­cal left­ist fig­ures left his SYRIZA party in the sum­mer of 2015, but there is still a long way to go. Tsipras has proved that he does have the strength to cut away at the Gor­dian knots that face him, but he is al­ways very late in do­ing so. It is strik­ing that not a sin­gle Greek min­istry gen­eral di­rec­tor has been fired or forced to step down so far. Ev­ery­thing seems to have its own pace, and every de­ci­sion is reached af­ter ex­ten­sive de­lib­er­a­tion. Even peo­ple who un­der­mine the prime min­is­ter’s new nar­ra­tive re­main se­curely in their seats. The left­ist prime min­is­ter, how­ever, does not have time. He is well aware that if he does not make any de­ci­sive moves now, the in­ter­na­tional mar­kets and for­eign in­vestors are ready to risk their money in Greece only un­der a dif­fer­ent ad­min­is­tra­tion. The fail­ure of SYRIZA folk to get a grasp of re­al­ity is stun­ning. Ev­ery­thing seems to be in­ter­preted in po­lit­i­cal terms. It is not un­der­stood that pri­vate com­pa­nies have share­hold­ers and busi­ness plans, and that their pa­tience is not in­fi­nite. SYRIZA’s cul­ture of end­less talk without much con­tent or pur­pose is enough to drive any se­ri­ous for­eign in­vestor up the wall. Nev­er­the­less, Tsipras has man­aged to present a nar­ra­tive that is not very far from that of the con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion. The ob­jec­tives are the same, at least in the­ory. Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis, the leader of New Democ­racy, must come up with a pow­er­ful re­sponse that will be based on a con­crete plan and a set of re­li­able in­di­vid­u­als who will make sure to see it through. The same things that are viewed as self-ev­i­dent by a sec­tion of the public are dis­carded as mi­nor de­tails by an­other. Amid the con­stant stream of public re­la­tions stunts, noth­ing should be taken for granted. The rul­ing elite seem to be­lieve in the art of any­thing-goes, hop­ing that the do­mes­tic public is too worn down to think about what was said yes­ter­day or the day be­fore. This is why it is cru­cial that vot­ers are pre­sented with a con­vinc­ing nar­ra­tive from the side of the op­po­si­tion.

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