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Uladzimir Matskevich: There is a lot of demagoguery and lies in Belarusan politics

30.08.2012  |  Publications   |  Zmicier Kazlouski, EuroBelarus,  

All the arguments of opposition politicians for taking part in the elections resemble are rather self-justifications and attempts to find some space for themselves in this difficult political situation, believes the head of the Board of the...

All the arguments of opposition politicians for taking part in the elections resemble are rather self-justifications and attempts to find some space for themselves in this difficult political situation, believes the head of the Board of the International Consortium EuroBelarus, philosopher and methodologist Uladzimir Matskevich.

What the election campaign will end with?

"Everyone knows that there have been no elections in Belarus for a long time. The last precedent somehow similar to declaration of people will was the parliamentary election in 1995", recalled the expert.

"There is no sense of discussing the parliamentary elections in terms of the result as far as it is predetermined, known beforehand and is of no interest to anyone. It is also uninteresting, discussing the election in terms of the process, because everything has already been analyzed. Of course, there are things we do not know. For example, in what period are being "drawn" the numbers, which are then declared as the official election results. But it is so fundamentally? Probably not", says the methodologist.

"Nevertheless, the very situation of “filling” the House of Representatives and the whole National Assembly with new members stimulates aggravation of the political situation in some way. Though, it seems to be expressed to a less degree this year. No enthusiasm and passion with this "election" is not observed”, notes Uladzimir Matskevich.

But if there is no election, why then so many members of the opposition are involved?

"The fact that some people, unwilling to deal with reality, unwilling to draw conclusions, to listen to political scientists and analysts continue to strive hard to become deputies - with minimal chance for this, rather demonstrates the lack of imagination and real political work", says the head of the Board of EuroBelarus.

Here again, the expert notes, "in rhetoric, it is proclaimed exactly the opposite: politicians participating in these elections blame those who do not in the fact that they fold their hands ".

"And what the election will end with? - with the fact that the House of Representatives composition will be replaced by nearly four-fifths. But the fact that some lackluster people, lacking of initiative, will be replaced by other lackluster, lacking of initiative and uninteresting people, will certainly not change anything in the country ", emphasizes the philosopher.

And then what?

Uladzimir Matskevich said that "I would eagerly love sorting everything out after the elections, launching public debates". "There are people who claim that they've already sorted everything out, that they already know and understand everything. In order for their knowledge and understanding not to remain only the property of individuals, that is, not to be autistic, but to reach a wider audience, it is necessary to start a public discussion on the situation the country is in, on what we have going on, etc.", said the head of the Board of EuroBelarus.

He drew attention to the fact that "reasonable judgments, reasonable position are only a half of the competence of Belarusan public figures and politicians". "The second half is their real action and achievement. And all that, result-oriented, but not process-oriented actions. And presentation of such achievements and formulation of the reasonable position in this discussion should help to ensure that ordinary people stay afloat in the political situation, maintain or get a site in the public life of Belarus. Otherwise, public figures should lose such places", said the methodologist.

Of course, there are people who have done something good in the past, they have some merits. "But you can not hold on to past merits. New times require new actions, new approaches. And the times are always changing. Despite all the depression our country is in, a new generation is growing up; old structures deteriorate and break down. And after the so-called election time will come to deal with all of this and give real assessments both to those who participated in the election and to those who boycotted, as well as to those who did neither first nor second things", said Uladzimir Matskevich.

Also, according to him, after the election, time will come to talk about the reorganization of the entire political opposition and civil society elite. The head of the Board of EuroBelarus draw attention to the fact that in a number of organizations, the leaders have not been replaced for over a dozen years.

"There is a lot of demagoguery and lies in our politics, including the so-called democratic camp. And as long as we continue to lie to ourselves, to the whole world, everything will remain as petty as it is. Only active people, being honest to themselves can change the situation”, said the philosopher.

"We need to bury organizations that have had their day or, at least, to ignore dead organizations - let the dead bury their dead. We should move forward, without paying attention to all that stuff and accumulated dead wood, cramming our public life", concluded Uladzimir Matskevich.

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