Friday, September 18, 2009

Propogandist in Chief

Today we have once again fallen victim to the 'intelligent foolishness' that drips from the pen of Alexander Isaev, editor of "The Communist" and one of the PCRM's chief ideologues.

Russian speakers can find his latest post at the following link. Let me take a few minutes to have a look at what he is saying.

In his first sentence, Isaev describes the AIE as 'rightist-radical'. I will concede that, on balance, the AIE is centre-right, although I would note that one component, the Democrat Party is definitely to the left of centre and two others (AMN and PLDM) are not that far to the right of it. The AIE is only 'radical' in the context of 8 years of communist rule. Certainly major change is proposed as Moldova moves away from its corrupt, totalitarian past, however what the AIE is doing would be considered orthodox in most other parts of the World. I would challenge Isaev to name a single announced position or policy of the AIE that justifies the 'radical' tag.

The gist of Isaev's post is that the AIE (which the communists still don't officially recognise...) should accept Voronin's two conditions for PCRM support in the presidential elections. I suspect, however, that Isaev well understands that it will be impossible for the AIE to do this. Voronin's proposal regarding Transnistria would give 'Republic' status to the rebel region, allowing it to secede at will, hency undermining Moldova's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Voronin's second proposal, on pension and salary levels, is designed to tie the AIE's hands in such a way that they cannot reach an accord with the IMF for much-needed emergency finance. Furthermore, whilst at the start of his press conference Voronin stated that the PCRM is amenable to supporting an AIE presidential candidate, he then categorically ruled out support for Marian Lupu (who is the AIE's candidate...).

Isaev then has a go at the Teleradio Moldova issue, stating that the AIE is trying to 'capture' the station before anticipated elections next year. Actually, they just want to liberate it and let it do its job as a public broadcaster, representing all the diversity of Molodvan society. By the way, I wonder if Isaev was following the ECHR decision yesterday, which described in some detail how Teleradio Moldova censors its journalists and denies the Moldovan people their right to freedom of expression?

After delivering a quick verbal 'slap in the face' to the Independent Journalism Centre, he moves on to make the claim that the AIE want control over television because they are preparing for new elections. In a sense he is right, although not in the way he thinks he is. A truly independent Teleradio Moldova will be a tremendous support for all of Moldova's democratic institutions, including its electoral process.

Isaev then makes claims about what the AIE will do with power over the next few months.
1. Apparently they will contract credit from whoever they can and at whatever interest rate is available. In fact that was the communist strategy - remember the Russian and Chinese loans that now seem to have dematerialised?
2. Next Isaev claims that the AIE will try to privatise and sell state assets. Not possible - Oleshka has already grabbed most of these.
3. Then, apparently, the AIE will cut pensions and salaries and blame the communists. Here we are talking about the pensions and salaries the communists increased shortly before the April election without having the faintest clue how they were going to be funded...

Isaev moves on to repeat the communist refrain about Chisinau's recent decision to modify the way in which subsidies are granted for transport and water, and then calls the AIE to a curious form of repentance for their perceived sins, describing AIE policy (most of which is not yet announced!) as a 'political experiment'.

Finally he quotes the wisdom of Vladimir Voronin, who stated that "the PCRM is open to holding discussions". That, of course, is why they still don't recognise the AIE and failed to respond to their invitation to talk....

Actually I feel a little bit of pity for Isaev. He doesn't realise that Voronin is yesterday's man, and that the old dictator's proposals aren't worth tuppence. He also fails to realise that a vote against Lupu is highly unlikely in respect of the PCRM deputies occupying positions 30 - 48 on their list; they're far too attached to their deputies' mandates to risk them in this manner. Finally he doesn't understand the ambivalence of the AIE - happy to put up with 48 unproductive deputies if necessary, but equally happy to head back to the polls and get rid of a few of them.

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