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Idealism in the domain where pragmatism rules…….

January 25, 2010

Tymoshenko promises not to seek support of big business in runoff

Today at 16:59 | Interfax-Ukraine Ukrainian presidential candidate and current Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko does not intend to seek the support of large national business in the elections, if this infringes national interests.

Tymoshenko said this in the town of Bucha, Kyiv region, on Saturday. “The leader of the nation should be 100 times stronger, and put things in order and not compromise, where it contradicts the interests of the state. The path we should take should include authorities who will not negotiate with criminals and tycoons, will not seek compromise, trying to get a place for them, to give them something…I have the will, strength and desire to do this. And I will do it quickly. And I must say that I won’t show weakness,” she said.

Tymoshenko said that not everyone can pass the test of power, as it gives great influence, money and resources. So the weakest yield to all the temptations of power, she said. “We need to be 100% stronger”, Tymoshenko added.

Well bless her dear raders.  That statement reads like it has some from the beginners guide to democracy and principles.  In an ideal world……or even an ideal State, it would be a wonderful thought.

I will ignore the obvious polysemous phrase (can it be a phrase rather than just a word?) where she says “…and put things in order and not compromise, where it contradicts the interests of the state……” because of course what she really means is where is will not condradict her interests.

Where I do have issue is “The path we should take should include authorities who will not negotiate with criminals and tycoons, will not seek compromise, trying to get a place for them, to give them something…..”  Not only would this be a first for Ukraine, but it would be a first for any modern government.  A highly naive statement indeed.

What does she think lobbying is about in the USA or the UK if not negotiating with criminals and tycoons?……Albeit we will call the “influential stakeholders” or “big business” rather than criminals and tycoons…… although there is not much between their purpose of either in many cases regardless of nation.

It maybe in the western world that having large corporate sponsors it does not get you votes (even if it financies a campaign)……that cannot be said of Ukraine. 

In Ukraine, if you have the business leaders then you will have the majority of the votes of those which work in those businesses as firstly, the boss will insure you vote…..and secondly it has been known that if you want to keep your job, you will vote for who the boss likes…….and this happens regardless of what the international observers may actually see at the polling stations on the day.

Still, a little bit of pleasant idealism in a very pragmatic reality.

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