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The circus gone, Ugulava stayed2011-12-05 16:24
Georgian authorities cannot shut their eyes to the catastrophic situation of the national labor market. But though they have acknowledged the problem and even, apparently, have taken some steps to fix it, people don't feel better. And they would not, until instead of real measures - such as adjustment of the labor code and the creation of the labor inspectorate to investigate accidents at work - the officials play cynical game. The Tbilisi mayor Gigi Ugulava, trying to become a TV star, has chosen such fun game.
Autumn this year, TV "Rustavi 2" kicked off a show project called "Hire and hire", supposedly designed to help small businesses grow and prosper, and the unemployed Georgians - should earn their living. Just at that time, Georgian media has taken interest in the events unfolding in Italy around their Prime Minister. He also faced the challenges posed by the lack of jobs in the country. But even the extravagant Silvio, disgraced by the whole world because of his intrigues with ladies of easy virtue, did not occur to such a decision, which was made by the officials in Tbilisi. With their usual passion for ostentation, they made a show. By and large, they are able to turn everything into a circus performance; there are a lot of good clowns in the power elite. And here we see - Ugulava is mocking at his distressed fellow citizens from the "blue screen", defiantly providing only few the employment assistance.
It was not just silly but cynical to start a project, which certainly costs big money, to find job for several people. The social situation in the Transcaucasian republic, to put it mildly, leaves much to be desired. Mikhail Saakashvili regularly boasts about their achievements - and, yet, since 2004 (that's when he came to power) the unemployment rate rose by three percent. The government failed to reduce it at least not much, but it has given promise to do so long time ago. According to unofficial data, in Georgia there's about 67 percent of unemployed instead of 15.5 percent (according to Gruzstat's statistics). And it is unclear how Mikhail Saakashvili dares to call the country European. But Ugulava went even further - trying to call his own star desease the help to the nation.
The analysts, who fear of popular unrest before elections on the basis of an acute shortage of jobs, advised them to take any measures against the unemployment. But the experts were hardly able to assume that Mayor interprets their advice as a call to go to the television.