Ivars Godmanis is definitely better qualified than the minister who slaughtered (slakteris - a slaughter in Latvian language) the trust of the EU & IMF partners in ability of "Latvian outgoing elite" to bring the country out from economic malaise. As a requiem for the "outgoing political elite" here you have THE confession... .
Slakteris says his command of English is an important asset for Latvia
Published: 12:28 19.01.2009.
RIGA, Jan 19 (LETA) - Finance Minister Atis Slakteris (People's Party) believes his command of English to be one of the most valuable things that Latvia possesses.
In an interview on the Latvian State Radio this morning, Slakteris said that since he had been able to secure an EUR 7.5 billion loan for Latvia, his command of English is highly valuable for Latvia.
Slakteris said that, in his opinion, government members and his own command of English was sufficient at a time the state had to borrow funds from international partners.
As reported, Slakteris' interview to the U.S. "Bloomberg Television" last December created much publicity.
Slakteris' interview on "Bloomberg Television", that can be watched at several Internet portals at this time, showed that Slakteris does not know English well enough and even tends to forget the questions that he is being asked.
After the interview was made public, it prompted wide debate about Slakteris' suitability for office.
Slakteris said that the version of the interview that had leaked out was unedited and unofficial material.
As an eulogy to the outgoing political elite that has left the atomized Latvian society in poverty the Finnish author Jukka Rislakki had a special view about the Latvian political society today. After the 2008 second half Providus research it became known that 31,3 % of Latvian population actually supports so called Robin Hood's in Latvia... .
Text in Latvian: LARGEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL PARTY IN LATVIA
COULD SUPPORT POLITICIANS WHO STEAL BUT RIDISTRIBUTE IT TO OTHERS
Cartoon: Jukka Rislakki