I doubt whether these polished words have made so much as a dent in the concrete that some people have inside their skulls. Bolen might even cry that they amount to meddling in internal affairs - a capital sin in diplomacy - and play on hurt pride ("Those Europeans should mind their own business, Bulgaria is ours") And those in power won't give a damn. As long as there are no consequences, EU money keeps coming in etc., who cares? Schengen? That would probably cost the country more than it brings - doing away with a couple of minutes in front of a desk.
On the blockheads here, only brute political pressure will help - from Merkel, Cameron and Hollande. And even then, there is not yet a credible alternative to BKP, Dodgy Dogan and GERB.
I really wonder how long this will go on. Sure, people get exercise and my obusjtar is quite happy, but Sucking Serge and AchAchmed shrug their shoulders and probably stick up a middlefinger towards the square (curtains drawn, of course). A couple of foreigners play Statler&Waldorf, talkshows are as long-winded as ever (bozhe gospodin, those Bulgarians can talk) Neydobnite is gratifying herself in monologue, for the rest we are in a stalemate, twoblocks, in limbo or what else you can think up.
If this were my country I already would have torched a row of SUV's, broken all windows in First Cooperative Bank etc. and made a general mess of all ministries (so it's probably good that this isn't my country).
When, for Bog's sake will a couple of guys and a couple of broads set up a stall on Czar Osvoboditel, grab a megaphone and say "We're the politburo of Mlada Bulgaria, if you want to stand for parliament you can drop your CV in this box and your proposals for a partyprogram in that one. Everybody can apply as long as you're under 40".
This probably won't happen. If Columbus had been a Bulgarian, we still would think the world was flat.
So the situation is even worse than I thought. My impression was that the administration was in such a sorry state because the upper ranks were still mostly fossils from the old regime, who were not selected for potential and competence but for loyalty and uncritical attitude (and who often have no language but Russian). Of course, we all know the "spoils" system in the US, but al least that has a certain transparency. BG runs an very dirty version.
By and by we can write the program for a new party. Chapter x, "professionalization of the civil service". A seperate department for the civil service, under a (junior-) minister, for recruiting, training and appointment of all civil servants, vacant posts to be filled not by the minister of the department concerned but on proposal of the minister for HM. As far as I can remember, it works like that in Britain, and in Holland something comparable is under way. Senior personnel move between ministries after 4 or 5 years. Such a system would make the civil service into a kind of "fourth power", but at least there would be continuity and a civil servant might stand up to his political boss - and be les sensitive to pressure and/or bribes.
Well, that brings up another point for the program of a new party: owners of media should not have influence on editors. This to be assured by a statute - mandatory - giving the editors control of reporting, and protecting them against dismissal. Every newspaper in my country has such a statute.
For once, politicians are not to blame. Drawing up such programs so as to get the maximum share of the funds available, and designing projects to utilize those funds is the task of civil servants and business, and should run with a minimum of political oversight. Which shows that not only politics is in a mess, but also the professional part of government, the permanent staff in the ministries.
Good questions, but isn't it a bit late for that? And so detailed that even at the lightning speed BG courts are renowned for the procedures would take months.
And, Mephisto, with due regard to you remark about your grandma and locomotives, what if there was a second ethnic party in parliament now, splitting the Turkish vote in two, the second one opposed to Buklutsi?
Maybe all those parties are violating the consitution. But my opinion about that isn't even worth the ink I would write it with. I take the legal (you may also say "legalistic") line that up till now, Dogan has managed to prevent being outlawed - by the way he framed his party statute, it's program and being carefull about what he says in and out of parliament. And a new party would be just as cunning (it would be Bulgarian, yes?).
If anyone thinks someone else is violating the constitution, let him take them to court. And since usually BG-courts stick to very narrow interpretations of the law, the result is easy to predict. For once, I am glad about that, because I don't want to live in a country were judges are give to extensive interpretations. That would be the end of legal certainty and so of the rule of law. Like the cop who fines you for speeding although you were nowhere near the limit: "Well, I think that for the circumstances you were going too fast".
Probably like you, Mephisto, I think political parties should be based on ideas - like about the role of government in the economy. But I also think that rain only should fall at night so that I can go about my outdoor pursuits as I like.
So for now I would be quite happy to see two ethnic parties eating each other out, be at each others throats all the time and become just two impotent minorities in parliament.
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