Pontius Pilate BG Style
Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov knows he should be more than careful in his staff policy, which has often been a washout with dire consequences.
Unfortunately he just can't help being a populist.
Suffice it to mention the case of Kalina Ilieva, former head of a Bulgarian agency overseeing hundreds of millions of euros in EU farm aid, who was disgraced and dismissed for producing a fake diploma. But that was all.
This week offered other four striking examples of shoddiness and corruption in high-level state appointments – the health fund and irrigation system heads, the registry agency chief and a deputy health minister were kicked out after media-triggered scandals.
(Of course, nothing compares to the unprecedented scandal that the pitiful performance of Rumiana Jeleva triggered in the European Parliament two years ago, but that's another story.)
The scenario is well known. Borisov turns into Pontius Pilate, hoping that the average Bulgarian voter rarely looks at substance over appearance and is ready to believe any "savior". The trespassers are publicly executed. He washes his hands to show that he was not responsible for their execution, it was their own fault.
But here is the Bulgarian twist in this particular portrayal of Pontius Pilate's character. The executions are followed by no legal consequences, no real steps to investigate and stop abuses, no explanations as to why now and not earlier.
Borisov has long ago forged past his doubts, set aside any perfectionist tendencies and started to experiment. It may take trial and error but, as the saying goes, throw some spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks. This is what he must be thinking.
But isn't it too late for that approach? Do Bulgarians still believe in the savior, who will rid the land (and state departments) of the plagues?
I don't think so. They are just too tired for that.
Unfortunately they also seem to be too tired to care where the cracks in Borisov's resolve for deep change come from.
Liberal Democracy = Populism = Demagogy of majority
The Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov Political Populism is just reflecting the Common Demagogy of Majority in Bulgaria, while is trying to rebuild the country infrastructure, cabinet functionality and national security, Borisov is performing well for the time been. But as a self-made public man he has the potential to do more and better in forming a leadership teams core role and source of applied concept in practice.
You are right,
The majority of the Bulgarian people are just too tired of repairing, transforming and reforming old and transitional Political Systems: that are no longer reflecting and addressing the challenges of 21st century time, people needs, wants and demands.
By nature Bulgarians of all age are not apathetic and careless people. But the Political Adultism, Social Jeunism and Legislative Gerontocracy in Bulgaria are breeding citizen divisions and mass ignorance and discriminations of all sorts and kinds.
"Love Bulgaria" just 1%++
"Borisov turns into Pontius Pilate, hoping that the average Bulgarian voter rarely looks at substance over appearance and is ready to believe any "savior..." etc. Borisov- Pilate. So fresh- and unspoilt by the knowledge- look..... Not only "no comparision", but NO COMMENT.
How to comment the delirium......
“In all gospel accounts, Pilate is reluctant to condemn Jesus, but is eventually forced to give in when the crowd becomes unruly and the Jewish leaders remind him that Jesus's claim to be king is a challenge to Roman rule and to the Roman deification of Caesar. Roman magistrates had wide discretion in executing their tasks, and some readers question whether Pilate would have been so captive to the demands of the crowd. Pilate was later recalled to Rome for his harsh treatment of the Jews.”
Borisvo is judge and jury so no comparison !