Anti-Corruption laws - Ukraine (It’s not the laws but ineffective implementation)

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One of the (United-ish) opposition platforms for their next term in opposition has been stated as creating more anti-corruption laws as outlined here. As I wrote only a few days ago, Ukraine does not need more anti-corruption laws.  It has plenty. In fact, not only does Ukraine have plenty of anti-corruption laws, the laws it has [...]

Disunited we stand - currently at least!


Uggggghhhhhhhh! In the first real test of cohesiveness after the voting on 28th October, the opposition parties are doing their very best within a week of proving my previous statements about their (in)ability to work together correct - in the fastest time possible. Sometimes I write something in the hope of being proved absolutely and [...]

Commission for Strengthening Democracy and the Rule of Law - Venice Commission

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The Venice Commission, when looking at the proposed new law on the Public Prosecutors Office of Ukraine, has in summary, made it clear that whilst the new law goes a long way to improving matters and generally brings Ukraine into EU norms (with the need for some clarifications in the text - although not that [...]

Unraleviling before it’s begun? UDAR shuns United Oppositition again

bad loser

Unraveling before it’s begun? The United Opposition has been trying desperately to get UDAR, as of 18th October polling ahead of them, to sign a coalition agreement of opposition forces prior to the elections.  It has now officially failed to do so. To be fair to UDAR, there really is no rush to sign coalition [...]

United Opposition in negotiations with UDAR

none of the above

No, no, no.  UDAR are not about to join the United Opposition.  They are very much enjoying the 3rd choice position and have now overtaken the United Opposition in the opinion polls just as I suggested they would. Simply they have much more to lose rather than to gain by joining the United Opposition, as [...]

A strategy for defeat - United Opposition

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I have had several messages recently asking me why, in my opinion, the United Opposition electioneering strategy is as dire as I have stated it is. Fair point - Despite stating numerous times that it is sadly dismal/dire/ineffective (take your pick I have used all those words and more) I have not really explained in [...]

Boxing Clever? – Klitschko’s UDAR Party

Before I start, it is necessary to raise the issue of Ales Bialiatski, human rights campaigner in Belarus who has been in jail for exactly 1 year to the day for - being a human rights campaigner - and is still nowhere near seeing a trial for being a human rights campaigner.  Enough!  Let him [...]

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