Death of a Right-Winger
The people from a small village are faced with an invasion of snakes and decide to get rid of them by bringing hedgehogs, who polish them off. The solution of the problem, however, turns into a problem itself and the people are forced to bring foxes to wipe out the hedgehogs.
The same scenario repeats until the whole village is wiped out by the waters of a dam whose gates are open by the villagers themselves in order to drown the latest batch of saviors - the hunters.
The animation movie is called the "Clever Village" (1972). The man behind it - the late Donyo Donev.
I was reminded of this story – yet again – this week over the death throes of Bulgaria's "die-hard right-wing" and its leader, former prime minister Ivan Kostov.
Donev was a true prophet - Bulgarians will never grow tired of creating, cherishing and destroying their "saviors" with enthusiasm and faith reminiscent of religious fanatics.
From hosanna to crucify him – this is in short the portrait of many Bulgarian leaders, but it holds particularly true for Ivan Kostov, founder and leader of Democrats for Strong Bulgaria.
In his capacity of former Prime Minister Ivan Kostov has been credited, mostly abroad, with throwing out the ex-communists who had pushed the country to the brink of financial crisis in the 90s.
But at home, he is the biggest sinner on the political scene. Because of his tough character - Kostov is the only one who dared to show his huge disappointments with Bulgarians and fell silent for two years - and the opportunities that he had but wasted - to put it mildly - for turning Bulgaria into a Poland or the Czech Republic.
Made up of remnants of the once ruling UDF, Democrats for Strong Bulgaria and the United Democratic Forces were the biggest player in the right-wing, but then got plagued by crises and election defeats.
Only to allow today a much less professional (and pretty simple) politician – to put it mildly again – to invade the right-wing part of the political spectrum and rule the country, pretending that communists are his biggest foes.
Kostov's supporters say DSB was created in an act of cleansing from the dirty things right-wingers had done.
It is still to be seen whether the latest events will have the same cleansing effect. Or will spell – officially - the death of "the common sense right-wing".
Unofficially it has been pronounced dead long go.
Kostov being right-winger? A party/movement leader who did not believe in free enterprise and decentralization of authority; the leader of government that kept busy the members of Parliament with determining the price of bread instead of legislating laws to facilitate the transition from Centralised Planned Government Owned Economy to the free enterprise system?
Right winger-versa left winger Bulgarian style has little to do with the universal definition of the two ideological orientations.
I’ll grant Kostov one thing—the demolition of the Mausoleum of G.D. – a symbolic act signifying the end of dictatorship and the arrival of democracy. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to deal with the new reality...