Oh dear readers……..if this happened in your country, you’d expect civil collapse…….. rioting……anarchism…….your nation to implode.
What am I talking about?
The Government is taking the Government to court!!
Well actually, the Ministry of Defence is taking the Main Control and Auditing Chamber to court…….after they accused it of corruption in illegally selling of MoD land and overpaying for food and equipment for military personnel…….the inference being, that they actually paid market rates, obtained invoices for much higher amounts and certain people pocketed the difference.
Yeh, to be fair, not much different to what probably goes on elsewhere and in differing variations.
However, you should look at the current “Vacancy List” in the Ukrainian Government.
In the “Situations Vacant” section of the Ukrainian Government you have the following “empty seats”
Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Interior Minister……well resignation submitted, not yet accepted, after allegedly getting thoroughly pissed at a German airport, fighting with police, throwing mobile phones about, calling the German police “Nazi’s” and then waving about his diplomatic immunity……..and now the Defence Minister accused of corruption and everybody after his head……..except the President Mr Yushenko.
In effect, there is nobody in charge of the finances, Ukraine internally, representing Ukraine externally or defending Ukraine………which would have most countries slightly worried………and countries like the USA would think the world had ended.
It is not as though these positions will be filled any time soon……and two have been vacant for more than a few months.
To understand why things are like they are…….you need to look at the key players and the absolute backstabbing which goes on……..on a second by second basis.
Not only do you have to look at the key players but their political histories as the next Presidential election comes closer.
Viktor Yushenko - Pleasant man, but completely f*cking useless…….an idiot surrounded by idiots……. failing to deliver on any promises which got him to power. He has illegally dissolved parliament once, tried to do it again recently……..but the global financial crisis got in the way and interfered with the judiciary when it suited his aims.
President Viktor Yuskenko
In fact a very brief summary thus far would read, upon becoming President, he forced anyone who wanted power to sign a statement heading towards the EU and NATO membership, including PoR leader Yanukovych. Yulia Tymoshenko did not sign the document…….and was the only leading politician who didn’t…..therefore not getting a powerful job to start with.
Yushenko then made Yanukovych Prime Minister……despite him being “Moscow’s favourite” and having campaigned against Yushenko as President on a Pro-Russia non NATO platform. It did not take long for Yanukovych to turn his back on the pro-western policies he signed up to, after being given the Prime Minister’s job.
Now I may be stupid, but if somebody runs against you for the countries top job on a completely opposite political line……to offer them the countries second top job on the pre-requisite of giving up the political line they had fought against you with, is well, unlikely to happen at best……..and plain f*cking stupid at worst.
Yukanovych also tried to remove certain powers from the President whilst Prime Minister and transfer them to the PM role……..well you would, wouldn’t you?
This meant he had to turn to a very clever political lady called Tymoshenko……and together they ousted Yukanovych as PM.
As soon as Tymoshenko was given the new Prime Minister role……Yushenko and the ousted Yukanovych were plotting against her…….as she needed a coalition dependent upon Yushenko’s party to survive. This would keep her pliable to certain “sways of interest”.
This eventually caused another “snap” election…….which Tymoshenko did better than expected in…….and kept her job……much to the annoyance of both Yushenko and Yukanovych……leaving both rather impotent against her.
To keep her in check, Yushenko, assisted by Yukanovych, enforced the positioning of Arseniy Yatsenyuk as “Speaker of the House”……and he therefore controlled the legislative timetable. Yatsenyuk was at the time a 100% loyal Yushenko tool…….although Yushenko has since sacked him and he is now also going to run against Yushenko for President…….More about Yatsenyuk later.
Tymoshenko though, now backed by public opinion, as well as high office and some exceptionally clever political maneuvering started kicking into the long grass some of Yushenko’s schemes…….to the point where it was easier to topple her cabinet ministers than her, together with the withdrawal of support of Yushenko’s party to force yet another “snap election”……..because nobody agreed with Yushenko and his policies……so a case of trying to continuously provide “snap” elections until the voters got it right…….Yeh, what a twat!!!
This last attempt was skittled completely by the global financial crisis……..as it is very hard to dismiss parliament in the interests of the country when your country is being royally f*cked in the arse by the global conditions. It is at these times, even in Ukraine, people look for some form of political leadership.
Thus Yushenko has succeed in getting Ukraine WTO membership and some nice foreign shops on the main streets of Ukraine’s bigger towns and cities……..but that’s all he has done…….which is why his popularity rating is currently running at just below 3% with the Ukrainian electorate.
Yulia Tymoshenko is a poacher turned gamekeeper. This lady is an exceptionally clever and politically capable woman……who is surrounded by idiots. She, like all Ukrainian politicians is no angel and has clawed her way to power in many ways which would not ingratiate most politicians to the public……but this is Ukraine and not one of them did it any other way.
Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
In her second stint as Prime Minister…….and almost her second stink as being ex-Prime Minister, if the global crisis had not prevented Yushenko and Yukanovych from yet again illegally dissolving parliament, she sits second in the opinion polls……which in Ukraine, with a 2 round voting system, makes her most likely to become President at the next election.
Eh?……..No, we will come to why that is as we go on!!
She is a “populist” politician there is no doubt…….but she is one which knows exactly what is going on in the country…….which is why she plays the populist card so well. It is her Government which is missing the important positions as listed above at the start of this post……but as I say, she is a politically astute lady…….surrounded by complete idiots.
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Ukraine will not be leading the charge into NATO under Yulia…….which is a good thing for many more reasons than it is a bad thing. She will also not be leading the charge back into the arms of Moscow either…..which is obviously a good thing too.
She will undoubtedly make it to the second round of voting in the Presidential elections……at which point many who didn’t vote for her in the first round will vote for her in the second rather than the alternative of the other remaining candidate…….thus making her win.
Vitkor Yukanvych - Ex Prime Minster, current leader of the main opposition party, Party of Regions. An idiot surrounded by clever people. Always quick to state the problems and never provides a solution. Backed by some serious businessmen……however they are losing faith in him and looking at others within the party to succeed him.
A very “interesting” history including alleged terms of imprisonment for offences in which some countries would be expected to sign certain “registers”.
Always scheming and is responsible for his party stopping many necessary legislative changes by locking other politicians in rooms, barricading the parliament assembly and other adult political practices. Just what you want from your politicians eh?
Leading in the opinion polls and will probably make it to the second round of voting in the next Presidential elections……but will then lose to Tymoshenko. Ukraine will never join NATO under his tenure. Fairly good chance of becoming the next Prime Minister if Tymoshenko becomes President.
This will put Ukraine in the position of a politically astute President, idiot for a Prime Minister, but a clever Cabinet……and about the best it can hope for.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk - was a loyal Yushenko man and was rewarded with the “Speaker’s” position…….until Yushenko sacked him. His background is in banking and he is probably the poorest politician which will run for the Presidency……being only a multi-millionaire at 35 years old.
Seen by many as a “clean politician”…….until you remember he was a loyal Yushenko man and given a position of great power……..and is a multi-millionaire. Exactly – so he isn’t clean at all……he just didn’t make as much money through dubious business deals as the others……..but then he is the youngest and therefore had the least time!!
He is likely to take a large section of voters who previously supported Yushenko……explaining Yushenko’s less than 3% popularity rating……..but not enough to catch Tymoshenko or Yanukovych and therefore will not make it past the first round of voting. Expect the majority of his support to drop behind Tymoshenko rather than Yanukovych in the second round.
So, you see dear readers, it is not anything spectacular or even worrying in Ukraine to have one government department suing another…….It is not the end of the world to have 4 of the top 5 parliamentary positions vacant and likely to remain so until the next election…….It is simply a game of musical chairs with more stabs in the back than a game of Cludo with Freddy Kruger!
The upside to all of this is that whilst the elite are fighting amongst themselves, the normal folk can get on unnoticed and business is not interfered with from upon high……a situation many business people from all over the world would actually envy!!