Saturday, February 21, 2004

Election Law Robs TV Soap of Biggest Star

Reuters

"Greece's soap fans were mourning the loss of their top star on Friday, after grumpy police constable Theocharis was forced to quit by a controversial law curbing television appearances by election candidates.

Giorgos Vassiliou, who has been playing the bad-tempered policeman on 'Good Morning Life' for almost a decade, is running for parliament in the March 7 general election, and the law allows candidates only one appearance each on national TV in the month before the polls."

Good thing this could never happen in America! Imagine if Mr. Roper was forced to leave Three's Company because of Norman Fell's bright future in politics. Yes, now you can feel their pain. I'm so glad I live in a country where we don't subordinate individual freedom for the sake of nebulous concepts of fairness. Those poor, backward Greeks. Concentrate on building your Olympic stadium! Or at least do a little light reading.

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