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Greek Communists none to keen on an extended franchise.

Hell has indeed frozen over. The KKE presumes to have a position on the “will of the Greek people”. Source.

A rather unclear item in Ekathimerini quotes a KKE bod on the prospect of the Greek diaspora being able to vote in national elections, and he does not like it: "[he] argued that most Greeks living abroad were not in touch with developments in Greece".

Quite possibly not, but if the franchise is denied to those less than au fait with the politics of any country, where will this all end? A current affairs quiz at the polling station including the likes of 'describe the challenges for health policy in the next ten years', 'should we be nicer to the Albanians?', 'what is to be done about the fire-extinguisher brandishing monks of Athos?' etc.

Wonder if Athens should give me a vote?

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Blogger james higham said... 4:47 pm

...if the franchise is denied to those less than au fait with the politics of any country, where will this all end...

As an exile, I say: "Indeed." There is such a thing as the internet and the blogosphere, to stay abreast of things.  

Anonymous this guy said... 4:55 pm

Ha! You're back, o Forbidden One.
Obviously not from China....  

Blogger Mr Eugenides said... 5:12 pm

One imagines that few expat Greeks fit into KKE's preferred demographic. One also imagines that the main parties are rather keener on the idea for similar kinds of reasons.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:21 am

James, very much so. I am all for ex-pats having the vote from abroad, or as I've commented before, having reciprocal arrangements between the established democracies whereby one can vote where resident or where one's passport comes from. Not the Americans would approve of the latter.

TG - Sure am.

Mr E - Yup, somehow I doubt that KKE enthusiasts are especially well represented on the trading floors of London investment banks and so on.  

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