Sunday, February 20, 2011

We’re Shocked, Too

Channel 5 has recently broadcasted a report about the visit of Polish Parliamentary Delegation to our national legislature Verkhovna Rada [video in UKR included below]. The delegates entered at the moment when our MPs were voting, customary, for themselves and on behalf of their absent colleagues. According to the report, Poles were “shocked” by the practice that was illegal in their country. One delegate noted that there was such incident in Poland, about 10 years ago or so, and it led to the loss of mandate by the MP in question.

Well, it is also illegal in Ukraine, moreover, it is forbidden by the Constitution. Yet, this does not stop our MPs, even when the cameras and/or foreign delegates are watching.

I regret that Channel 5 has not gone on the streets and asked average Ukrainians how they feel about this shameful practice. I am sure their opinions would not differ much from those of Ukrainian Facebook users that expressed their anger and embarrassment. Some of them agreed to be quoted in my latest GV post

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