Do I think that this will ever happen? Well, by now I kind of doubt it. But in order for something to happen, one must be able to envisage it happening in the first place. Let me dream a bit and desribe how it could happen.
Alexis Tsipras is not the majority of Greece. If I recall, he got a little over 30% of the vote. That means that there are another 70% or so. Could it be that Greece has only one Alexis Tsipras? No other Alexis Tsiprases among the other 70%?
There is no doubt in my mind that Alexis Tsipras has what it takes to be perceived by a suffering and disenchanted people as a strong leader who would lead Greece into a better future. His soundbites are extremely seductive!
Here is one of the key phrases I have ever read as regards a possible “mission statement” for Greek leadership:
“We will seek to build a modern and prosperous Greece: a Greece characterised by economic opportunity and social equity, and served by an efficient administration with a strong public service ethos”.
The statement comes from the executive summary of the EU Task Force for Greece. I guess Alexis Tsipras could subsribe to that but, as I have explained before, I don’t think his ideology would make that possible.
Just imagine, for a moment, that Greece could produce an Alexis Tsipras from the center. A leader who could motivate Greeks exactly like Alexis Tsipras does with his seductive soundbites but who bases his policies on reality and not on wishful thinking. A leader who would generate as much excitement among a majority of Greeks as Alesix Tsipras does with his followers (who are still the minority).
I am reminded of the enormous search process which the Tibetans went through in oder to find the right Dalai Lama. Perhaps it’s time for a committee of “wise Greeks” to start a search process for an Alexis Tsipras from the center. There have got to be candidates. After all, a year ago I didn’t even know that one Alexis Tsipras existed, not to mention several of them.
Well, that was all dreaming, of course. But dreaming is often nicer than reality…