Old wine

Kyiv Post - - Opinion -

Op­po­si­tion lead­ers Arseniy Yat­se­niuk and Olek­sandr Turchynov de­clared on April 23 that the doors of their “united op­po­si­tion” were open to any­one who shared their val­ues. They then scur­ried off into a side room, where they sat with close aides while a burly body­guard blocked off jour­nal­ists from pok­ing their noses in.

The unit­ing of the op­po­si­tion is wel­come, as it of­fers the pos­si­bil­ity of di­min­ish­ing the pow­ers of Pres­i­dent Vik­tor Yanukovych.

But the whole tone of the press con­fer­ence demon­strates that the op­po­si­tion still has no clear plat­form, no new ideas and has no new way of op­er­at­ing.

Only one aim was de­clared that could be at­trac­tive to Ukraini­ans – re­mov­ing Yanukovych.

That is not a so­lu­tion to the coun­try’s many prob­lems. It may be a start, but the hard work comes af­ter­ward. How will Ukraine de­crease its en­ergy de­pen­dence on Rus­sia? How will it combat the cor­rup­tion that stran­gles al­most ev­ery part of busi­ness and daily life? How will small- and medium-sized busi­nesses be en­cour­aged?

To bring the happy life they prom­ise, they will need to an­swer these ques­tions.

But the peo­ple who could help them form plans – ex­perts and, yes, or­di­nary peo­ple – are not be­ing wel­comed into the process.

In­stead, peo­ple are be­ing asked to sup­port a small group of peo­ple who want to re­gain power for them­selves, while of­fer­ing noth­ing of clar­ity in re­turn.

If the op­po­si­tion wants to garner peo­ple’s sup­port, it has to open it­self up to new ideas and new peo­ple. As long as this in­sid­ers’ game con­tin­ues, as long as the op­po­si­tion keeps pour­ing old wine into new bot­tles, it will not be able to of­fer an at­trac­tive al­ter­na­tive to Yanukovych, one that can turn this na­tion into a pros­per­ous mem­ber of the Euro­pean Union.

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