We have elections coming up this weekend and, honestly, just the thought of it makes me tired. Makes me want to crawl into bed and pull the duvet up over my head.
I know, I know; it’s what we wanted, it’s why we took to the streets en masse last fall and in January. Only — we didn’t quite want it like this. It would have been better to have had a bit more time; time for some proper renewal. Or for someone to appear who had some kind of vision. I get the feeling that the parties in the running now are all just muddling through with their hair all disheveled and slightly out of breath. It all seems so disorganized.
I’ve spoken or corresponded with a handful of foreign journalists in the past couple of weeks, nearly all of whom have asked what the major issues are in this election. And I’ve sort of been drawing a blank. Until this weekend, when I realized WHY I’d been drawing a blank — it’s because the big issues haven’t been clearly defined. And the reason is because parliament was still in session right up until last Friday. Never in the history of the republic has it been in session so late in the lead-up to an election. And they were there largely because the Independence Party insisted on doing everything it could to make sure a bill would not go through parliament before election day — a bill allowing for amendments to the constitution that would return more power to the people, that would give us a better democracy. They stalled it until it became obvious that it would not be passed. Because they had an agenda, to protect those who have poured money into the party. Bribery, corruption – call it what you want. It stinks.
So, anyway — now, five days before the elections, nothing is clear. In large part because we don’t have the big picture, and the reason we don’t have it is because we lack so much information. About the status of this country, about the size of our debts, about our options when it comes to the EU, and so on and so forth. Making it impossible to arrive at informed decisions about anything. And we’ve got the same old tobacco to choose from, without even the benefit of new pipes to smoke it in. It’s depressing.
Ach. Time for bed. Expect more ramblings on election-related issues as the week wears on. Consider yourselves warned.
WE HAD A TEMPEST EARLIER
You should have seen YT struggling to navigate the circle around the golf course this afternoon – you would have laughed. Trying to keep my hood and baseball cap [to keep rain out of eyes, natch] on, plus iPod speakers in my ears was an exercise in such deft coordination that it would have made a juggler proud. So, yeah, we had a major storm with tons of precipitation. I’m not even exaggerating; I would never exaggerate about a thing like that. Right now 5°C [41F]. Sunrise was at 5:38 am, sunset at 9:17 pm.
* Sorry to be so vague about all this – so much has gone down in the last few weeks that I haven’t been able to blog about due to time constraints, etc. — but, as ever, the corruption continues to float to the surface. Particularly where the IP is concerned, but other parties too.