Usually folks are thankful to "Allmighty" for Friday evening because it signifies the end of the working week. I have long lost this feeling because work seems to be permanent, and for example, while one may have free days off during the week, one may also have very busy weekends. Anyway, while I should be happy for the very Friday evening I am working on abstracts for future conferences. Such activity is rather fun, and one may wonder why I should not be happy about this very Friday?
Because it is Friday evening and almost all day Latvian media was mulling through repercussions of the New Era (JL) party split. They did not have time to touch other issues [forget about world outside Latvia:-)] while there was barely a media channel touching this issue[JL split] outside Latvian borders (I did not check on Russia:). It is very traditional in Latvia to focus on internal developments, and the excuse was probably the fact that JL is the largest opposition party in the Saeima after all. In the meantime characteristics of the lagest opposition party might be misleading, because Latvia has one of the lowest party membership rates in the EU, and also the effectiveness of JL as a the viable opposition force could be questioned (though law establishing Mandatory Income and Property Declaration law was passed symbolically prior prominent members left JL).
Journalist Sallija Benfele (www.vdiena.lv) had a perfect blog entry in Latvian about the Phyrric Victory of the Peoples Party (TP) emanating from the split of JL today. There is this electrified feeling of change among commoners in the air, but due to the winter I suspect that the whole enthusiasm of folks would gradually subsume.
It is Saturday morning already and most probably the upcoming weekend would not bring anything new into Latvian politics except already useless reflections (instead of dissecting reasons for lack of civic participation) upon changes dans le parti oppositionaire majeur:) Bon fin de semaine (weekend) a tous!