It is Friday morning and there are still no substantial changes in the way Latvia is governed. While the PM tours neighbouring Belarus, the president participated in the morning TV news and announced, "that Latvian political parties keep their own interests above the interests of the Republic of Latvia." It is hard to tell whether the president really comprehends what he is saying, or it is another speech in a row of inconsequential announcements. The fact is that the People' s Party (PP) is meeting the president today, and the PP would be given a chance to underline the strengths of their master plan for increasing efficiency of the Latvian civil service. The very plan PP sticks to was already severely criticized by the Head of the State Audit office Ms Ingūna Sudraba, Iveta Kažoka from "Providus", and also the PM's party wanted to have clear answer to ten questions concerning the proposed reform of the state administrative apparatus.
In the meantime the head of the Union of Greens and Farmers (UGF) faction in the parliament Mr Brigmanis announced that all coalition parties should announce today that they are giving up support for the PM government if the PM cannot do it himself. Such announcement after the same UDF did not support the Cabinet's vote of no confidence two weeks ago sounds simply crazy, but lately the sudden change of mind has become a real trademark of Latvian politicians, unfortunately.
The president is allowing the free fall of Latvian government until the March 31 with his ominous announcement after the return from Strasbourg in early January. I am afraid that he does not understand the magnitude of problems in Latvia, and the sooner he would make up his mind about calling for early elections the better. Latvian political parties have already started election campaigning and on this front nothing has changed. Certain governing coalition parties smugly believe that majority of Latvian society is inadequately educated and it is possible to buy them with shallow propaganda again.
With the free fall of the government also the Latvian economy continues its downward spiralling. Except the coming spring weather there is nothing to cheer about. Somehow the feeling never leaves me, while talking on the streets or following political talk shows and radio interviews, that nobody is really in charge in this country now, brrrr
Text in Latvian: I somehow wonder, why do I have a feeling that I am pouring this money into some kind of hole...
Cartoon: Gatis Šļūka