Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bad habits of the "outgoing political elite"...

The newly formed government of Valdis Dombrovskis faces uphill struggle. In case Dombrovskis's government would be approved in tomorrow's Saeima session, and its seems the most likely scenario [to believe the snap opinion poll I have on the top right corner of this very page], the new government would have to cut government expenses for about another 1 billion euros to keep the 2009 fiscal deficit at -5% level.

If there is one extremely bad habit of the hopefully outgoing and self imposed "political elite" in Latvia, then it is the system of finding scapegoats for their own wrongdoings every time and everywhere. Like politicians in France their homologues in Latvia love to blame EU for most of their own shortcomings.

Below you may see today's front page of the second major Latvian daily NRA. Regardless of totally reckless and sometimes "puzzling" policy making of the former government the newspaper came out with the following header today - Eiropa prasa griezt skarbāk...

(text in Latvian) - Europe demands drastic [budget] cuts



P.S. I am listening to the Latvia's most popular talk show now, and the PM nominee Valdis Dombrovskis just announced that his government would seriously consider introducing the mandatory income declaration system as one of the first tasks of his government.

P.P.S. While the government published its declaration , also the People's Party nominated their candidate for the Minister of Culture today.

3 comments:

Sestdienis said...

NRA laikam ir trešajā (t.i. pēdējā :)) vietā Latvijas populārāko avīžu "topā" - pirmās divas vietas dala Latvijas Avīze un Diena. Bet, par jauno valdību runājot, esmu pamanījis, ka 4 no 5 Tautas partijas ministriem vispār nekandidēja Saeimas vēlēšanās - par Eglīti, Zalānu, Riekstiņu un Dālderi neviens vēlētājs nav balsojis. Ar ZZS ir līdzīgi - Koķe, Dūklavs, Augulis. Protams, arī Saeimas deputātiem vai citiem, kas kandidēja šo partiju sarakstos, uz sabiedrības uzticību būtu grūti cerēt, bet fakts, ka partijas uz vēlēšanām izvirza vienus, bet pēc tam amatos saliek citus, par nobriedušu demokrātiju nepavisam neliecina.

Baltic said...

Taa tas SIA LR notiek... .Tik tieshaam, un paldies par aciigajiem atgadinaajumiem (nebija datu par tiraazhu pie rokas, bet tagad zinaashu, ka NRA tik treshie:)

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