13 February 2014

Ukraine – The Last Revolution - The only way forward or just a crazy idea?

The situation in Ukraine is looking more like stalemate every day. President Yanukovych has no intention of standing down and his Party of the Regions intend to stay in government. The opposition and ‘The People of Maidan’ are still demanding the resignation of both the President and his government. The next presidential election is exactly 12 months away.

Although the EU and US continue to release statement after statement condemning the government of Ukraine for its actions and both threaten sanctions against senior government people nothing appears to be working. Much rhetoric about a peaceful settlement will not change the peoples mind about Yanukovych. It is obvious that ‘The people of Maidan’ and maybe the rest of the country have decided – He must go.

You would have to be a complete idiot to not see that Yanukovych and his ‘Business family’ and The Party of The Regions are a corrupt criminal regime. They are not professional politicians. They care little about the people of Ukraine.  The regime places all emphasis on business. But only their business, the rest can go to hell. The parliament is run like a VIP club for the elite. Anyone trying to run a business in Ukraine who is not connected to the elite or a member of the Party of the Regions will come up against a whole range of problems from various government departments.  The threat of a visit from the Ministry of Revenue and Duties hangs over the heads of most business people. There is no independent civil service in Ukraine. Government employees are expected to do what they are told by the Party of the Regions. The same applies to Judges, Police, Teachers, Doctors and anyone that is paid by the government.

You would also have to be a complete idiot to not realise that the people will NOT give in this time. They have had enough. They have had enough of the so called elite club stealing their money year after year after year. The people want to live in a real democracy free from the fears of living under government control. Therefore this will be the last revolution in Ukraine. What of the future?

What is the way forward? – Well I’m sure that the majority of people in Ukraine would also agree that they have had enough of the same old faces in politics. They know that the current politicians including many in the opposition are corrupt. Ukraine has an unusual government system where the cabinet is still appointed with people from outside the parliament. You do not need to be a member of parliament to be a member of the government.

Therefore…here is my crazy idea. The next parliamentary elections in Ukraine will take place when the people decide but with a special restriction on candidates. Any current or previous member of parliament would be banned from running as a candidate in the next election. Members of the government would still be appointed by the NEW president and NEW prime minister but EVERY single member of the next parliament would be a new face. Parliamentary elections could be held at the same time as the Presidential election in February 2015.

This would help to provide Ukraine with a fresh start. This would help people to come forward as candidates who would not have considered it possible before due to the ‘party list’ system.

We all know that Ukraine NEEDS a fresh start.

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