This may sound like a non sequitur, but I don't want to postpone saying it:
In the upcoming parliamentary election, I'm voting against them all.
I wanted to do it in 2004, but Yanukovych was just way too much. I wanted to do it a year and a half ago, but Pora seemed like such a logical choice then. Now, I see no obstacles whatsoever to voting the way I really want.
From the archives:
- Another reason why I didn't vote against them all in 2006;
- Part of the reason why I voted for Pora;
- The breakdown of our extended family's 2006 vote - I hope to do a similar one this time as well.
All this said, I'll be rooting for Yulia. Because following politics here is like watching a football game: there has to be some emotional involvement.
There are a few politicians here I have great respect for: Volodymyr Ohryzko, Mustafa Jemilev and Refat Chubarov are the first ones who come to mind.
Ohryzko isn't running, Jemilev and Chubarov are with Our Ukraine/Lutsenko's thing. If I voted for them, I'd also vote for Kyiv's former mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko, for former culture minister Oksana Bilozir, for Petro Yushchenko and his son, for Roman Zvarych. And God knows who else.
The way things are, I'd rather volunteer in some way for these guys I respect than vote for the whole bunch.