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05 October 2009

Greek Parliament Elections 2009 Done

Can we go on now...?

I'm happy that the elections are over and with it the pre-election period. Now we should get spared the over sized faces of politicians on all the bus stops and around street corners. We won't have to throw out a bunch of leaflets from under our entrances each morning and afternoon. Oh, and maybe the "news" will have a tiny little bit less of the "politician A says that politician B is wrong" style of announcements.

By the way, yes, so we will have a different government now. Instead of blue it will be green now. Not the "ecologically correct" "Green party" green, the "we gave our party the green color, because others were using red and blue" green.

In order to help you stay informed on the country where I chose to live (because I like to live here, let's not forget this), here are the ...

Final and official results of the Greek national parliament elections 2009:

  • 30% ... couldn't be bothered to vote
  • 40% Κομματόσκυλα - and no matter what their party is (Kommatoskyla, literally "Party-Dogs", is a very derogative term for the die-hard supporters of a party, following the party-line no matter what - in the worst case because their cousin got a job in the public service through someone from the party or they hope to... or similar things. OK, I'll be flamed for labelling so many people with this really bad term... go on, I'll put on my asbestos underwear, bring on the flames!)
  • 15% Swing voters who vote whoever they didn't vote last time in our dual-party system, in order to punish the party that is currently in power... totally forgetting that the last time they had it the other way around.
  • 5% Angry, disillusioned, freaked outs, who are ready to vote no matter what right party (free choice between far-right and right-away fascist), because the right "offers" extreme solutions and/or claims to be no part of the dual-party system.
  • 4% Protest voting the left, chosing between... what was it?... 6 or 7 left/communist parties of different shades.
  • 2% People who value the environment over everything else, voting a "green/ecologist" party, even though nobody has ever heard of these guys.
  • Almost 1% people who would consider it good for strategical reasons if that unknown "green/ecologist" party was in the parliament, even though they themselves don't really dig these unknown guys or don't really trust them that much.
  • that leaves me with 3% who voted for some fun parties ("I give away real estate and free debts party" or "CHICKEN party" anyone?) or probably were confused and handed in any random paper because frankly, what could one really vote in these elections?

Or did I forget anybody?

What about me?

I'm not a Greek citizen, so I didn't get to vote. I'm actually thankful for it, because hey, what could one really vote in these elections?

Personally, I'm not totally happy about these results, but I think it could have been worse. For one thing, the thought that the angry, disillusioned far-right voters are still so little is comforting - even though it's ugly if you think how many people that really are.

I'm surprised and mildly shocked each and every time about how many people still are in the category of the Κομματόσκυλα (Kommatoskyla). Maybe it's because... no, can't really grasp it there. It's a very old thing though, going back a long time through Greek history probably to the time of fiefdoms and swearing allegiance to some local warlord in exchange for a favor. I declare myself exempt from having to comment on it any further. At least for now.

I also would have liked the ecologists/greens to be in the parliament (right now it looks like they just about won't be in), even if it was only for an experiment in applied sociology, so count me into that 1% I gave up there.

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