FEBRUARY 6 2012 21:28h
- I don’t see a reason why after four years, when MP’s mandate expires, he/she can't have a possibility to return to a working position he/she had before going to the Parliament – that was a statement of the SDP member Gordana Sobol during a discussion about privileged pensions being abolished.
Sobol said it as she didn’t feel ashamed neither did she get blushed at all. Since, it is obviously normal to her and it is being understood that, if a MP remains without privileged pension, the thing that should be ensured at least is a possibility to return to his/her previous working position. Of course, the point is they all forget the fact they came to the Parliament to represent the citizens – not themselves and their own interest but interests of the citizens who gave them their vote. And the citizens surely didn’t give their vote so those politicians could have secured and assured working positions just after their mandate expires.
Furthermore, it all came as a pre-election slogan of Kukuriku coalition. They announced that privileged pensions of the members of the Parliament will be abolished. Although it is a drop in the ocean of consumption when you count all outcomes for a MP, this act was being voted at the Parliamentary session two weeks ago. In the meantime, HDZ and Jadranka Kosor brought up a question about privileged pensions of the president Ivo Josipovic and other future presidents of the state. That’s how Kosor asked for president’s privileged pension being abolished. The Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic as a gentleman handled the decision to very Josipovic and the president wasn’t glad. However, Josipovic reluctantly agreed on that proposition few days after a demand came but only under one condition – that his former working position he left to become a president should be ensured to him. And that work position is the position of a lecturer at Zagreb’s Faculty of law.
On one hand, this act of abolition on privileged pensions can be perceived as a charade since these are not real savings and cutbacks but cosmetic measures for the public. They are supposed to send a message: Well ,this Milanovic is really doing something as he is trying to save money. The other thing that is also funny is that privileged pensions of the president and constitutional judges are being abolished since there are not many of them and they still have a job that carries much more responsibility compared to the one that MP has.
But, we must admit, the another worrying fact is that MPs, like Gordana Sobol and the president Josipovic, are worrying about their future after their mandates expires. Because, what is their message? We were so (in)competent that no one will hire us after our mandate? Well, if they are competent (although we trust in Josipovic’s competence so his demand is even more senseless), they will find a job after those four years expire, right? And if they still don’t find a job, then they will end up in the same shoes as more than three hundred thousand citizens who wait at the employment agency for a job and promises from (some new) politicians about their working positions going to be ensured.
By setting up those demands in front of the citizens, high ranked politicians actually say that public is being stupid. They consider citizens as inferior human beings and less worthy than politicians are. Since they work and take care for the citizens, those politicians are in service for public. They deserve paychecks 18,000 HRK high, they deserve monthly atonements plus their wages that are 8,200 HRK, they deserve to peacefully and regularly pay credits and save money on their foreign currency and accounts as to save money in Kuna. They deserve to have assets 30 million HRK worth and registered paycheck of 5,000 HRK.
Since they do it all for the citizens. And the citizens just don’t get that, so why don’t they just propose and adopt a decision of they all getting retired just after their mandate expires. And they would receive privileged pension of course. Since, when you do a math, it would be lot cheaper than withhold them with such wages, additional paychecks and demands.