APRIL 24 2012 22:19h
How do you know when someone is a prime minister? Experienced voter should know the answer. A prime minister is a person of reign who tells people how things work. A prime minister is a guy who will confront his nation with a truth and give this nation a hope that wise and well thought-out policy can turn a bad situation to a better future. A prime minister is the one who isn't afraid to bring bad news, but knows to direct energy and people's hope towards the future. He is the one who is ready to show determination and seek the consolation when in need. A prime minister is the one who will talk to powerful entrepreneurs like Ivica Todoric, and never turn his back to people in despair, like Dalmacijavino or DIOKI workers are for example. He is the one who will show his face in every critical situation and won't leave a room for questions such as, where did he disappear or did he withdraw from public due to his fear and ignorance. A prime minister is a person who will publicly stand by politics run by his government every time when this politics generates deprecation, doubt or resistance. And journalists won't be asking questions as he would present his politics as self-initiative and without a compromise. A prime minister, as a theory says, is the first amongst equal, but his communication with citizens, who entrusted him the state over the election, has to be like no one would have doubts on who is a leader.
If we track this simple logic, it is obvious who handles the duty of a prime minister in Croatia. Well Radimir Cacic! And while Zoran Milanovic appears in public so rare like rain in a desert, Radimir Cacic talks every day about a situation in the state, what is he planning to do, and what are the deadlines for results to be seen. His strategic communication can be described as explosion of arrogance, it can result with a reserved opinion, we can think that it 's a complete nonsense... But we can't deny his plans, budgets, vision and will he carries while entering arena in order to drag Croatia form the mud for a one inch at least.
After seven years of political reign led by HDZ and their play called ''How to solve the problem of shipyards without moving your little finger'', first significant measures where developed by Radimir Cacic. Brodosplit becomes the ownership of Samobor's DIV, Uljanik is being sold to its workers, Kraljevica will go to bankruptcy, ''3rd May'' and problem of Brodotrogir will be solved within the period of three months. DIOKI workers were in hunger strike to enforce money they had earned from Robert Jezic, and when they were transferred to a hospital, their colleagues block the firm. And then Cacic brought the decision. Jezic receives one percent of company shares , creditors become the company owners and workers will have their wages in a less than a week. And afterwards Cacic visited Russia to find investors for Petrokemija's privatization and established economic cooperation. Whenever a dissuasion about price in gas appears, Cacic is involved. When a discussion about higher electricity bills appears, he is still involved. Whenever they talk about projections of economic growth, there is Cacic again... He doesn't have so much social consciousness and many people might say he doesn't care about workers, but when things go wrong, like in DIOKI case, he gets involved to sort things out.
After first hundred days of govern, it seems that Milanovic quality handled the state leadership to Cacic. If we say that Croatia is dealing a probable bankruptcy, we can say that Cacic appears as a trustee in bankruptcy who must reassemble the country and make it capable to survive in forthcoming period. Why things are like that?
At first, Cacic has nothing to lose. On the last election he obtained lot more than HNS would ever obtain if the party had run the election outside a coalition. In a meantime, this position can't slip his hands. The situation that will make him lose popularity as a main operative who talks about state conditions without restraint, it doesn't really mean much to him since he believes that a success in state restructuring will eventually bring him acceptance of skills in crisis management. Everything comes to its place at the end, that's something he is probably thinking. If he succeeds to set up economy to its feet, any accusations on him grabbing more than it belongs to him, his arrogance, impolite communication manners politely will be forgotten...
However, where is Zoran Milanovic in all that? He is a prime minister though. While the election campaign lasted , people thought he would have been doing the same things Cacic does today. People thought that Milanovic will be an initiator of changes and a bearer of hope. People believed he brings an optimism and energy Croatia lost during the age of thievery when the last hope in politicians being initiators instead of destructors, has dried out. Milanovic, however, isn't the one of that kind. He doesn't like to communicate. He doesn't want to hang out with losers. He successfully hidden elitist standards he was accused for when he was a leader of the opposition but this really didn't disappear.
His withdrawal from public in the moment when people who elected him expect to stand by them, his avoidance to talk about how to survive this wave of price rise, how to survive through dismissals, how to believe the future when everything is falling apart, actually confirms the thesis...
One of the last news about the prime minister, who is being a prime minister only on paper, informs that after ten years of Croatian radio running a show ''How The Government rules'', the show is being shut down because Milanovic doesn't want to be a show guest once per month to talk about the situation in Croatia and the Government policy. Not every day, but once a week. He finds a hard time to be a show guest once in 30 days! If this rally is a communication strategy of Zoran Milanovic, than it's no wonder that every once in a while people ask themselves who in fact is a Croatian prime minister. And what is the first answer that comes to our mind - Radimir Cacic.