MARCH 6 2012 22:04h
Is it possible that HDZ’s mal governance, without being able to handle the economy crisis while inaugurating corruption and idolatry as a model of political act, can serve as a cover for wrong decisions presented by the government led by Zoran Milanovic? When you observe the situation Croatia is dealing with, it is absolutely clear that it is not difficult to be better than HDZ. But does that really mean that someone better than HDZ is really good?
Series of measures that the new Croatian Government has introduced during the last few weeks can hardly pass the exams on professional credibility, political plausibility, even regular levels of democracy. Isn’t the announcement of public gathering prohibition at St Marko’s square being abolished by allowing groups of 250 protesters only a cynical ridicule on public trust? Isn’t that ridicule on citizens expectations? Those citizens can’t see a reason why not to arrive near Government building in order to set words freely when not being satisfied by some Government measures.
No one forced Kukuriku collation to promise abolishment of public protests prohibition at St. Marko square. When the public questioned coalition over that matter, they could simply say that they would discuss the problem and try to find an optimal solution. But no. They used a phrase to announce abolishment of the prohibition introduced by the Ivo Sanader's reign. And then they figured out how to revoke the prohibition in formal, but in reality situation it remains the way it was. Let 250 protesters arrive in front Banski dvori and Croatian Parliament and let them protest but from distance 20 meters far from the building of the Government and Parliament. That’s how much they can handle. Anything more than that would be irritating. How are the PM, ministers and parliamentary members supposed to do their job when they would hear noise coming from the outside, not to mention when those politicians would have to break through a cordon of mad protesters who would come to seek for justice? Maybe it would the best option to lock this small group of people in the St Marko’s Church, and let them out during the night so those tired politicians could rest.
Furthermore, isn’t rounded way of restraining effects on collective contracts, without consulting the situation with trade unions, a simplest fraud of workers who saw protectors in SDP and Zoran Milanovic? Aren’t social democrats supposed to lead an open and fair discussion with workers even when planning to decrease excising levels of legal protection, and not to do the opposite? Before the election Zoran Milanovic called upon workers and members of all other social structures to sign the unions’ petition which goal was to stop Jadranka Kosor from modifying the Law on labour in order to solve the situation where collective contract would still be validate forever after their expiration. But, Zoki said then that labor rights were too much endangered and this thing mustn’t have happened. Today, however, he is thinking about introducing the Kosor idea without too many tangles. So instead of alterations of Law on labor he will introduce completely new regulation, nicely called as the Law on representativeness of employees and trade unisons representatives. And this regulation will solve this unpleasant question of permanent collective contracts. By introducing this new regulation he doesn’t have to explain things he said when he signed the significant petition in 2010 against alterations of the Law on labor. So is this Zoki the real one or the one two years ago?
Furthermore, isn’t appointing Zvonimir Mrsic, SDP’s MP and the mayor of Koprivnica at the head of Administration of Podravka like tricking his own story that Croatia needs competence and ability to finally overcome party suitability which was HDZ’s practice? So what does professional politician Mrsic have for qualifying to operate this Podarvka company giant? It is obvious that qualification weren’t more decisive than party jersey. Podravka used to be HSS Company now it is time to be SDP’s company! For God sake, will it ever be the Croatian company? Probably never.
Furthermore, isn’t appointing HNS MP Zlatko Koracevic at the head of HEP administration, despite the fact he has no experience in energetics and has tails of affair related to failure of the company which he (re)purchased with company money, like one more proof that the political option elected to be better than the last reign doesn’t actually differ from HDZ and its partners? Like HDZ appointed own people, that is how SDP and HNS appoint their own people. Is SDP and HNS persuasion about being a good and capable reign, unlike HDZ that was stealing and destroying, enough so people could disregard negative effects?
And where is the end of this story eventually? Why the election victory in Croatia is primary defined as a chance to share a prey? Aren’t state firms, for example, supposed to be utilized for public good? Aren’t those companies supposed to be generators of development, instead of zones for experiments on staff introduced by winning political parties? Yesterday was HDZ, today is SDP and HNS, tomorrow HDZ again, so the day after tomorrow will be SDP… And all the way around. Always with the same pattern of behavior. Always same explanations like those about winning politicians doing the best thing, for our sake of course. But no. And if someone thinks about being better than HDZ, it doesn’t mean that automatically. Time will reveal everything, good sides as well as bad ones, misconceptions and manipulations… Croatia is still on hold.