George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life


Apathy is not the reason people don’t bother voting

The lack of interest in the forthcoming presidential elections in Cyprus is noteworthy. Contrary to previous elections, I don’t see people passionate about any of the three candidates (perfectly understandable) and I don’t hear heated political arguments for or against either of them. I reckon the abstention rate will be high. This, of course, is not to say that Cyprus is in any way special. After all, voters are disenchanted with formal politics everywhere and in particular where there are high levels of nepotism fueling distrust towards the political system as a whole. As a result, people who generally want little to do with formal politics often engage in alternative political action or end up supporting unorthodox (read: populist or radical) candidates. Others are just...

Οι εκλογές του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου

Οι εκλογές του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου δείχνουν ότι οι ψηφοφόροι δεν πρέπει να θεωρούνται κτήμα κανενός και ότι τα πολιτικά ρίσκα πρέπει να αντιμετωπίζονται ως τέτοια, καθώς στην πολιτική δεν υπάρχουν βεβαιότητες. Οι συντηρητικοί έχουν κερδίζει τις εκλογές, αλλά η νίκη τους είναι πύρρειος καθώς δεν συγκέντρωσαν τον μαγικό αριθμό των 326 εδρών που θα τους έδινε την επιδιωκόμενη αυτοδυναμία. Αυτό είναι που οι Βρετανοί ονομάζουν hung parliament. Hung parliament έχουμε όταν κανένα κόμμα δεν είναι σε θέση να πληρώσει τις μισές συν μια θέσεις στο κοινοβούλιο εξασφαλίζοντας πλειοψηφία χωρίς να χρειάζεται να συμμαχήσει με κάποιο άλλο κόμμα. Αυτό είναι το δεύτερο στη σειρά πολιτικό ρίσκο που παίρνουν οι συντηρητικοί με γνώμονα, πάντα, το κομματικό τους συμφέρον. Αρχικά ο David Cameron, προσπαθώντας να...

Solve it already 

The Turkish-speaking Cypriots have expressed their political will by overwhelmingly supporting a pro-solution politician. Now the ball is in Anastasiades’ court. He has to prove that he is willing to work towards solving the Cyprus problem and that he is not going give in to the nationalists of DIKO whose careers depend on there being a Cyprus problem.

Labour needs a grand vision for Britain

However misguided the Tory vision of a future Britain might be, at least we know they have one. It is time for Labour to start thinking similarly. The numbers attest to this need: recent polls show the first Conservative lead in over two years and give Ed Miliband’s party its smallest share of the vote for four years. Ed Miliband has hired Obama’s former advisor David Axelrod to help him with communicating the party’s policies – but that will not be enough if the party continues to lack a grand vision of what Britain under Labour can look like.

Greek elections, racism and Golden Dawn

I have a comment to make about the Greek elections, which I have trouble communicating within twitter’s 140 character limit.
It is about the entrance of the Nazist party, called Golden Dawn, into the Greek parliament. The elections brought to our notice something that we already knew; namely, that roughly one in every ten Greeks is a racist. Nothing new here. What is new, is that the racists managed to organise themselves into a political party. Is this necessarily bad? If we consider that Hitler came to power in a likewise manner through a small and irrelevant party it surely seems worrying.

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