From Gas Princess to Queen of Populism to Dictatress. She's coming home!
At a recent Shuster Live studio poll, 53% of respondents viewed a Tymoshenko presidency as dictatorship and 47% as order (or 64%-to-36% in the 18-25 audience). Instead of drawing the line between order and dictatorship, Tymoshenko blurred the line.
PM Yulia Tymoshenko: Savik, what makes you think that after all the chaos that grips politics, after all this disorder, irresponsibility — this whole, if you’ll excuse my non-parliamentary language, barking — people don’t want dictatorship? I already do want the country to have order, regimentation, and perhaps a sufficiently strong system of government, and not what we have today. [applause]
Savik Shuster, host: This…this here…wait, I have a little...I have...I have...I have...I too have...
Tymoshenko: And you absolutely have no idea: whether people want dictatorship or not — because they’re tired of it.
MP Iryna Akimova (PRU) [chimes in]: You saw it! Yulia Volodymyrivna wants dictatorship in our mass media!
Shuster: No, people probably…
Akimova: And she makes it happen, Savik. Or does she?
Shuster: I can’t hear you, sorry.
Akimova: You didn’t hear me? Yulia Volodymyrivna does want dictatorship. She just said it.
Akimova: And unfortunately, she wants it in the mass media.
Shuster: Excuse me, Iryna, I’m having a strict commercial break here, and after that Mykola Azarov will take the microphone.
Akimova [continues]: Because she doesn’t allow commentary to the interesting footage that we’ve seen on the screen. It’s called dictatorship, Savik. [show closes for commercial break]
Tymoshenko’s usage of the noun стрункість (stroon-kist) strikes me as particularly dictatorship-driven.
Literally, стрункість means slimness. In the above context, however, it sounds like a derivative of “Струнко!” (stroon-koh), which roughly equals “Parade rest!” In Russian, they say “Смирно!” (smeer-noh). The Russian expression по стойке смирно refers to regimentation. Tymoshenko’s recent mega-Freudian slip, “I want, on behalf of Russia...sorry, on behalf of Ukraine” carries the point further.
If Tymoshenko wins, will we have “one law for all” or “one lady above all laws?” The same goes for the other lady: Yanukovych.
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