Politicians worldwide are known for making the wrong decisions at the wrong time and Latvian politicians are no exception. Last Friday whilst the very poorly paid teachers of Latvia were on strike, the members of the Saima awarded themselves a large pay increase. On her return from China ,the Prime Minister, Laimdota Straujuma was interviewed by reporters. Her response, “I don’t know anything about this, I was in China”. It would appear that “I don’t know” is her stock answer when faced with challenging questions, that is unless she is hungry, when she excuses herself because she needs to go for her lunch. Such is the consternation among the Latvian population that she has now become the butt of many jokes lampooning her on the internet (#StraujumaNezina is currently trending on twitter).
Now I know that finding high quality candidates for the role of Prime Minister in a country with a population of less that 2 million is not an easy task, but in the relatively short period I have been in Latvia I have met some incredibly talented people. So talented Latvians, stand up and be counted, your country needs you, because the situation is quite frankly embarrassing and Latvia deserves and needs better leadership.