Todays Date
July 11, 2020

TRAGICOMEDY OF IMPROVISATION

By Bardhyl ZAIMI

 

Improvisation remains a permanent situation in Macedonia. Political elites usually decide on the fate of citizens, who always call upon the will of the electorate. Although this logic remains legitimate, politics can in no case be reduced only to the “power” that emerges from the elections, because the independent spheres of thinking are the ones that give the necessary vectors of the ongoing debate that spreads the boundaries of the political reception.

Unfortunately, in the framework of a lasting transition, political life in Macedonia is reduced only to party considerations, moving the public opinion of those who have something to say to the margins. For each possible topic, only representatives of political parties and protagonists of “independent opinion” speak, who always hang around in party seats depending on the power they have.

Over time, “thinkers” have appeared who in the name of general interest and fake patriotism have occupied the public space. Politics in the Balkan sense, apart from providing them with the necessary space, has ensured that these “thinkers” of big questions that match the party’s policies find the necessary echo cherishing always arrogance rather than creativity and the provision of solutions to various issues.

And as always, the power comes and goes, and improvisations remain. Improvisational logic does not solve problems, it only touches them with party snobbery, always looking for excuses and blaming the previous government. But what is improvisation actually?

Improvisation is one way people view things that are not competent to them. A way to talk about problems without having any knowledge about them, without having an idea of cooperation to solve the problem. The policy of improvisation is the highest point of incompetence that can sometimes degenerate into tragicomedy.

Whenever winter approaches, the real problem of air pollution in Macedonia arises with all its seriousness. A problem that is noticed in time by environmental associations, but so far no appropriate measures have been taken to prevent and reduce this deadly “plague”. Even in this serious problem, which for years, according to many statistics and professional researches, has been taking away people’s lives, improvisational logic has emerged. A few days ago this improvisation appeared in a grotesque form. Minister of Health Venko Filipce appealed to the citizens not to go outside when there was pollution, and recommended that they eat as much fruits and vegetables as possible. According to this logic, people should already get accustomed to this situation, and regardless of their social status, whether they have or do not have money, they should eat as much fruits and vegetables as possible.

The most optimistic solution to the problem of pollution is a period of two years. This is how government officials warned, not forgetting to point out that this is an inherited problem. Improvisations always start with the logic of inherited problems, although this government has promised to solve the problem of pollution.

Political elites are always ready to improvise. Even in the public debate on the amendments to the Prespa Agreement, improvisation was inevitable. The public is already talking about a controlled debate, which does not want to give much clarification about the problems that have arisen in the meantime. In the meantime, government officials “gave lectures” along with public “elite thinkers” and some party bubbles that basically cannot overcome the “directives” and slogans.

Improvisation undoubtedly implies a “pact” of the elites for certain problems, which are pre-packaged and should be placed in public, regardless of the realities that signify a complex identity presence, which should be politically treated with greater responsibility and another horizon of expectations.

However, it seems that the argumentative debate and with competences are distant. It seems that independent and impartial thinking is still distant, which aims at long-term cohesion in the country and a comprehensive perspective for all citizens, regardless of their political, ethnic or religious affiliation. Improvements of political “elites” remain for temporary use, while Macedonia needs good policies which will put it in the tracks of the European concept. Improvisation can be overcome only by giving the margins more space and voice, where the objective opinion is formed in accordance with the reality in the state.