Friday, September 15, 2006

Our Ukraine at the cross roads overlooking the ravine

Do they cross the rope bidge, turn back or jump

As Our Ukraine deliberate over the next 10 days many commentators and interested parties will be making their voice heard. The anti-crisis coalition is fragile and the numbers tight (Although every day more and more oranges are falling off the tree, some sour, some sweet)

Our Ukraine has three choices facing them. They can join the governing coalition and drive from within. They could join the opposition and without compromises criticize from outside and hope they will stumble and fall over. Or they can divide and become a squabbling mess and face political oblivion. They are at the cross roads standing on a pinnacle over looking the ravine. Do they cross the Rope Bridge, turn back or jump?

If they join the coalition they have obligations and a duty to play ball, they will lose public support for their actions and as second fiddle in the orchestra will find it hard to get recognition unless they perform loud and clear.

They could play the role of poison pen pal from within and when the time is right cut the ropes and collapse.

They could remain independent and once again join forces with Yulia Tymoshenko and bide their time hoping the fragile coalition will falter.

Or they could divide and become irrelevant and without any power of future prospects.

The first option has a possible future, the second maybe the third no way.

Governments are at their best when they are held accountable. If Yanukovich can steer clear of controversy and corruption (Some say that will be impossible) and maintain a steady course and economic growth then he will grow in strength and popularity having proved himself. It is difficult to know if he will want to stand for the President role in 2009 (or earlier) as true power now lies with the Parliament and the Prime Minister. Time will tell and Ukrainian politics is anything but dull, anything can and will happen. Stay tuned.

Mykola Katerynchuk on prospects of broad coalition
Source: September 15, 2006

In his interview to Hazeta Po-Ukrainsky (Newspaper in Ukrainian), Mykola Katerynchuk voiced an opinion that if the OU Bloc joins the broad coalition it will not be able to influence on the Cabinet’s work.

According to Katerynchuk, if the position of the deputies who have mantained their political integrity will be destroyed, they will be left with nothing. They will become the spent fuel of politics and will be totally subservient to the majority.

The deputy predicted that if they join the wide coalition the deputies will surrender their ideals and will simply become cogs in a 300 vote machine to rubber stamp questions like second langugelarge privatisation, Ukrzaliznytsa sale, sea ports etc.”

Katerynchuk is convinced that PM Yanukovich will not be a guarantor of democratic changes in Ukraine and in the business.

Katerynchuk revealed that he was genuinely sorry for SPU leader Tsushko who hangs his head in shame, unable to look people in the eye are he parrots phrases he himself doesn't believe. A shame as he used to be a strong man in opposition.

In closing, Katerynchuk said the main problem which caused the current situation was the inablilty of the Orange Forces to run on a united single ballot in the last election. We would have no problems now as we would have pulled 60%.