The Futility of Fishing for Bulgarian Protesters' Votes
A wave of environmental protests led to Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev imposing a veto on the country's controversial Forestry Act.
"The fight for Bulgaria's forests is not over yet," Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev passionately declared on Tuesday, like his political formation had anything to do with the protests or the veto.
It is clear that the oppositional party is trying to appeal to potential voters by pretending to care about the environment.
Environmental topics are said to have a certain "leftist" appeal, so why not try to lure some voters ahead of the 2013 general elections?
Well, the attempt is pathetic for one major reason. BSP is not a left-wing party; it is merely a group making use of some people's nostalgia for the totalitarian regime.
"Oligarch power + lobbying for a Russian nuclear power plant" is their formula for socialism – and it does not exist anywhere else in the civilized world.
Of course, the fake left-wingers will not be alone in their attempts to turn the thousands of protesting youngsters into their own voters. The populist formation of former EU Commissioner Meglena Kuneva will almost certainly try to do the same.
They will all fail miserably, just like the ruling centrist-right GERB did.
The birth of Bulgaria's civil conscience has been announced by the media's over and over again over the past years with the same methodical repetition employed in Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's endless ribbon cutting ceremonies.
Let's assume that civil conscience has established itself a long time ago in Bulgaria and is growing stronger.
This means that it simply does not matter for whom the protesters (and potential protesters) will vote or whether they will vote at all – since they will be able to oppose and oppose anyone when necessary.