The anti-Venizelist idiom

The idiom of Venizelos' opponents identified to a great extent with that of the People's Party and the traditional supporters of the institution of monarchy. With the passage of time, political intransigence deteriorated and the wider party was reorganized and reconstructed on the basis of the political realities of the time, within the framework of the Schism. As early as 1920, Georgios Vlachos had been pointing out succinctly: "No matter what happens to this country, we do not want Mr Eleftherios Venizelos."

The opposition's idiom was thus represented by monarchy and was, until 1923, articulated by King Constantine. Later, however, and during the inter-war period, that party lacked a charismatic leader. This, to a large extent, explains the fixation this political camp had on the restoration of monarchy, which functioned as a unifying element-symbol and represented their refusal to recognize a democratic constitution.

From the beginning of the 1930s, the relationship between the two basic factions, the Venizelists and the anti-Venizelists, was maintained in the absence of the social reasons that created it. This means that in the field of language, what is now in doubt is not the choices of the opponent, but the absolute rejection of his personality; not only the absolute lack of ideology and political policy, but also the clientele practices of the People's Party, were expressed in the structure of its idiom.