Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Go directly to the PLDM. Do not pass the PCRM. Do not collect $10m.

Today Vlad Filat presented the PLDM's ideas for (re)formation of a coalition involving his party as well as Mihai Ghimpu's PL and  Marian Lupu's PD.  The offer consisted of two aspects:

  1. A sharing out of top functions as follows - President - Lupu, Speaker - Ghimpu & Premier - Filat
  2. A long list of principles, values and objectives - continuation of democratic reforms, acceleration of the liberalisation of the economy and the elimination of monopolies, implementation of structural reforms to develop business, development of an efficient social protection system, increasing access to medical care, consolidation of trust between the two banks of the Nistru, recommencement of 5+2 negotiations, assurance of conditions in which political pluralism can flourish, press freedom, freedom of expression, strategic partnerships with EU, Romania, Ukraine & Russia, collaboration with China and Japan.
The immediate reaction of the Liberals was that they liked the content, but didn't like Filat communicating with them by press conference.  Personally I think that's a bit churlish.  In fact, the PLDM's transparency shines like a beacon compared to the shady dealings between the PCRM and PD at the Russian embassy (and to which the free press wasn't invited).

The reaction of the Democrats was that (a) they wanted to talk about principles and values, not about positions, and (b) the communists had made them a more generous offer.  Regarding principles and values, they obviously weren't listening.  Regarding the 'more generous offer' of the communists, perhaps they would like to explain how it would be correct for a party which one 15% of the seats to aspire to more than one of the top three posts in the state.  Remember it was only yesterday that the Democrats said their aim was to stop power being concentrated in the hands of a single party...

Frankly, the Lib-Dem's offer could be the basis of a very sound coalition.  The sharing out of functions is more than fair to the two smaller parties, and there is little on the PLDM's list of aspirations that either the PL or the PD could quibble with.

There are some refinements that would strengthen the offer:
  1. Marian Lupu should temporarily occupy the post of Speaker until elected as President.  This would avoid the possibility of him ending up without a major role, as happened in the first Alliance.  Ghimpu should be vice-speaker for the time being.
  2. The distribution of jobs, authorities and responsibilities within parliament and government should be made clear.  What role can be found for Plahotniuc, for example, that would satiate his ego without undermining the government?
  3. The Alliance should have a common secretariat to improve communication and elaborate policy.
With these refinements, the PLDM's offer is evidently the best possible outcome for the people of Moldova.  Ghimpu should stop quibbling and sign up.  Lupu should stop grandstanding and dump the Communists in favour of a better future for all Moldovans.

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