teisipäev, juuni 18, 2013

party 'til you puke

When President Ilves called the heads of Estonia's four major parties to Kadriorg for a chat about how their vote rigging and assorted antics were having a deleterious affect on the health of the nation's democracy, one had a glimpse at a stagnant political system dominated by the same revolving cast of musical chairs personalities: Ansip, Savisaar, Reinsalu, Mikser ... The latter two are "newcomers," or at least fresher faces, but those are relative terms when Savikas has been playing the game since the game began, and Unzip's been prime minister since Juhan Parts' government bit the dust eight years ago (it seems like forever ago). Now Ojuland's been booted from Reform, and Reform has recruited Vilja Savisaar (the better looking, more sympathetic Savisaar) to run against her ex-husband for Tallinn mayor, and Laar is flirting with leaving the coalition (but not really, for what could the other government constellation be?) You have to ask, what do any of these people stand for (and did they ever stand for anything other than themselves?) Yes, Ilves is right to counsel the party leaders, but he cannot change the party leaders, or their other candidates, or the parties themselves.

5 kommentaari:

Marko ütles ...

Oh dear. The situation is bloody rotten. Don't even know what to think of it anymore, to be honest. Do we really live in the world of wishful thinking, in what we think that this country really is what we believe it to be?

Is Ilves the only one left to fight for the common sense? Or what is actually going on? Is it the economic downturn that brings all these negatives to our attention? Or is it something else altogether? Something more symptomatic, something more sinister?


Giuostino asks the right question though - who the hell are these people?

Liivimaa parim ratsutaja ütles ...

These people are national security threat. How so?

Well, nobody would go and fight for the country under their leadership if and when the occasion calls for it.

Why not?

Because nobody wants to die for the benefit of these fish-eyed zombies and their obonxious clique.

They should be rounded up and summarily executed as traitors to the fatherland.


(Ah, this wine is good! ... Malbec 2001, Merryvale Reserve, Napa Valley, California ... tsk tsk tsk ... )

9d436a36-d86c-11e2-9c80-000bcdcb5194 ütles ...

The question "did they ever stand for anything other than themselves?" is, pragmatically, irrelevant. However, the question itself does seem to answer the question "what do they stand for?"

Between the lines of your posting, I found another answer to these questions: They stand to pee.

9d436a36-d86c-11e2-9c80-000bcdcb5194 ütles ...

The question "did they ever stand for anything other than themselves?" is, pragmatically, irrelevant. However, the question itself does seem to answer the question "what do they stand for?"

Between the lines of your posting, I found another answer to these questions: They stand to pee.

Giustino ütles ...

I think that "values" are important in Estonia's political culture. Each one of these candidates will try to sell himself on his values (liberalism, progressivism, patriotism). But they, or at least some of them, are not very believable salesmen anymore.