Monday, 12 December 2016

The PSD is back


Exit polls say the PSD, in effect the descendent of the Romanian Communist party, won 45% of the parliamentary vote yesterday.

I remember what a diplomat told me when the PSDR won in 2000. 'It's not the ministers or the secretaries of state. It's the men in the brown crinoline suits. They're back.'

The people who wore brown crinoline suits are old now but the old guard is back and the government of technocrats are out. However the astonishing arrests of important figures for corruption by the Anti-Corruption Authority (DNA) will, I presume, continue


  1. PSD: They never left. Someone once remarked to me years ago that Romania's problem was the thousands of Ceausescus inhabiting the minds of the population. Now we witness the old guard's offspring in Gucci suits. Revolving doors have now been placed between the DNA, the court room (and possibly prison) and parliament. How long can democracy by (such) turnstile last? At least we can boast that our deputies are men of many convictions.

  2. all the parties are direct descendants of the Romanian Communist Party

    some are also descending from the Foreign Trade ministry

  3. The idea of technocrats is as communist as it gets - enlightened, impartial central planners who get everything right and make life great for the working class.

  4. Emil, most parties are not directly descended from the Communist Party. The National Liberal Party goes back to 1875. The National Peasants' Party goes back to 1926. Some are extremely new, such as the confusing amalgam of European socialists and their ideological opposites, the libertarians, who united in the Save Romania Union - which was founded in 2015, and most members were not born (or were too young to be active) under communism.

  5. Marc, kleptomaniac regimes have lasted centuries, so we need not worry about the longevity of the PSD, or of Romanian society. Our only hope is that the PSD doesn't take the SD in its name too seriously, and that they steal with enough restraint as not to cripple the economy. They have enacted some economy-boosting measures in the past (probably prodded by their foreign overlords at the IMF or in other Western institutions) so all is not lost, although I am disappointed by their persistence in politics.