I, as well as some of my colleagues, could not, on principle, vote for the current membership of the Cabinet of Ministers. Specifically, for the Ministry of Information Policy (I explained my reasons before).

Unfortunately, the [Verkhovna Rada] speaker ignored several requests addressed to him, asking to hold a separate vote for the head of this, not yet created, Ministry, outside of the “packet vote” (if that were the case, I would have happily voted in favor of the suggested member of the Cabinet of Ministers – without the aforementioned Ministry). As a result, the powers that be took advantage of the objective necessity to form the government urgently, and squeezed another “gravy train” through – instead of figuring out why plenty of information policy tools that currently exist in our state are blatantly failing.

Plus, no one explained what specific functions and tasks this structure [the Ministry of Information Policy] is supposed to perform. (I cannot rightly call vague slogans voiced by some representative of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc “explanations.”) Therefore, the parliament voted for a “packet” that included a pig in a poke, as the only thing they know about this new structure is that someone needs a minister’s chair. Now, that “someone” got the chair, and burdened the budget with the need to feed another herd of freeloaders.

 

Dmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group

Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine