Why was the public protest of the small entrepreneurs defeated?
Is there a better way to do it next time?
Postmortem Analysis1. The entrepreneurs were determined not to upset the President, Mr.Yanukovych. In particular, they avoided any demands for the resignation ot the Premier-Minister Azarov, and the demands for a reelection of the Parliament.
And when the Deputies of the Parliament tried to intervene on the behalf of entrepreneurs – the entrepreneurs were capricious as to whom to let to get to the tribune set there, on the protest scene, for the speeches.What steps ought to have been done:a) To create a united front under the leadership of a known politician.
The best of them - Yulia Tymoshenko. Even though the defense of the interests of the small entrepreneurs is not a cornerstone of her policies, but in the interests of provoking the resignation of the Government and the accelerated path to new Parliament elections, both of these events being in her interests, she would have certainly arranged to defend the protest site and its denizens, camping in the tents.
It is of course understood, that her primary motivation is a self-interest. But what's wrong with that? As entrepreneurs, when you hire a firm of guardians, don't you expect to pay them? So, why should a politician do anything for you out of sheer idealism?b) To put forward a set of specific political demands.
Assuming that the corrected version of the new Tax Code is acceptable to the majority of the entrepreneurs, - the politicians, who wrote the present version, which provoked the protest movement and by this fact have caused a lot of damage to the economy - these politicians must pay the price. The Government ought to resign.
And since the Parliament voted for the deficient version of the Tax Code - only a new election would allow to punish those Deputies, who voted for it - by denying them the reelection.
As for veto, it should have been there as the third demand - after the political ones.
The absence of the political demands is akin to a vile hypocrisy, the same as a show off of an unwillingness to chose among lesser evils - claiming the virtue of the stance, not to favor any evil at all. But the realities of life force us to make the choices, and those who abstain to participate in this decision making, hurt the common interest, by dividing and weakening the opposition, thus in fact permitting it to be crushed.( Collapse )