Sun Jul 7, 2019, 01:37 PM

Greek conservatives on course for election win
Greece's opposition party New Democracy are set to win the country's snap general election, exit polls suggest. Led by Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the centre-right party is projected to defeat Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's leftist Syriza party. New Democracy is forecast to win 38-42% of the vote, while Syriza is projected to win 26.5-31.5%. That would give New Democracy an outright majority, as the winner receives 50 extra seats in parliament. The first official results are expected later on Sunday evening.

What does New Democracy stand for?

New Democracy has promised to lower taxes and privatise services in the country, which is still feeling the effects of the 2008 financial crisis.

Greece has been in receipt of a series of bailout programmes over the past decade, which it officially "exited" last August as economic growth returned.

But youth unemployment remains high, and New Democracy has counted many 18-24 year olds among its supporters.
Socialists destroy economies and conservatives have to fix it. Of course they will win.

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imwithfred Jul 2019 #1

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Sun Jul 7, 2019, 02:31 PM

1. ".....Socialists destroy economies and conservatives have to fix it......"

The problem with that, though, is that fixing things causes pain.

And given the way most electorates are, they blame the person trying to fix things, rather than the person who broke them in the first place.

Good example: Republican defeats in the 1982 mid-term elections. Ronald Reagan and the Republicans had been elected in a massive landslide in 1980 to deal with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the double-digit-inflation-double-digit-unemployment-double-digit-interest-rates malaise of Jimmy Carter.

They were fixing it, but causing some temporary short-term superficial pain in doing so.

The fickle and ignorant electorate blamed the Republicans for it, although fortunately by two years later, the pain had disappeared, and America was prospering as it never had before.

It was of course nice that Republicans got the credit in 1984, but they in no way deserved the blame in 1982.

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