According to the news the PM and the rest of the government have drawn a red line, and would "seriously work on alleviating the economic turbulence and revise the 2009 budget medium term expenditures now", until the municipal and European parliament elections on June 6, 2009! Seems that the power bubble is really tiny in Latvia! To use science fiction analogies I have a feeling now that the Latvian "governing nomenclature" has exited (or never entered:) the EU called solar system, and still complacently enjoys the orbit of the post-Soviet Andromeda... .
Text in Latvian - "You crossed the red line!"Cartoon: Gatis Šļūka
Latvia is already a failed state where the PM economic advisor Mr Miglavs openly announced in today's interview in Diena, that, if the dairy industry will not find export markets, it would probably have to be shut down, and just after LVL 27mlj. were allocated to farmers after their protests last week. Inability to plan the restructuring of economic sectors is endemic. Ministries of agriculture and education were run by the Union of Greens and Farmers (UGF) ministers for the last six years, but the UGF policy in supporting all small holders without asking any education credentials has failed now. Policies were left stranded and not solved in complex manner. Therefore, for example, while in neighboring Estonia 5,7% of the economically active workforce in agricultural sector produces 2,9% of GDP, in Latvia for producing 3,3% of GDP requires 12,8% of economically active farmers... .
The workers is the smallest concern now, because government is busy with appointment of ministers after the ministers of agriculture and culture had to leave their respective posts. Changes in the Latvian cabinet require approval of the parliamentary majority, while changes in the same Estonian or German cabinet can be decided by the PM and approved by the president. With the antiquated form of the Latvian constitution, that stems from the controversial Weimar Grundgesetz, the Latvian PM would never be able to produce any results. It is because his primary concern would always remain provision of the governing coalition stability. Concerns about the latter is too much of a luxury in today's turbulent times, and the "Latvian governing nomenclature" unfortunately does not comprehend that... . After all the bickering and bad blood spilled I cannot understand how the government and governing coalition MP's can draw red lines and agree on anything?
The president Zatlers consulted with the EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs while in Strasbourg, and Mr Piebalgs did not exclude the possibility to take over the rudder of Ms Latvia if such proposal would be made to him. It makes me reckon that the governing coalition is irresponsibly imitating the work during economically dire times now, and trying to understand among themselves how the perks would be divided after the fall of the incumbent government. Political science is powerless here, and psychiatrist is needed to evaluate the state of mind of those "governing" Latvia today... .
At the end of the day the president Zatlers rather unexpectedly came up with an announcement, while commenting the decision of the government to abolish the plan to overhaul the government this morning. "Mr President has lost his trust in the prime minister Mr. Godmanis" [I.Godmaņa kungs ir zaudējis manu uzticību,» atzinis Valsts prezidents], and he summoning the PM to the Riga Castle next Monday. That's it, and another announcement in the badly staged theatre... .
I refuse to comment his announcement this time because the Latvian president is famous for changing his mind according to winds blowing.