President Victor Yushchenko of Ukraine has dissolved Parliament and called a snap election. He accused opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko of wrecking the government through her thirst for power. Why might I blog on this you may ask? Well I have briefly met Mrs Tymoshenko last year when she was in London visiting Conservative ‘big wigs’ and most notably former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, which is why I take a keen interest in events in Ukraine. During that brief meeting I was bowled over by her grace, her passion and her sheer charisma.
Perhaps what endeered her to me most was the fact that Tymoshenko has never hidden her admiration of the Iron Lady. She said her self ‘she (Thatcher) saved the world’. But more than this blind praise, Yulia has long been an admirer of Margaret Thatchers economic reforms and hopes to replicate them in Ukraine. With her blonde braided hair that is her trademark, in the same way as Thatcher’s perm and pearls were, Tymoshenko said “I have long-admired Lady Thatcher and drawn inspiration from her success in transforming her country from being a “sick man” of Europe into one of Europe’s strongest economies and raising UK living standards to one of the highest in the world. Her model has been followed and emulated by Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and even Nicolas Sarkozy the new President of France.”
She continued to say “She was firm in adversity and stood up to oppression when others remained seated. Her words spoke for countless millions across Eastern Europe who had no voice. She helped write a new chapter for our nation and for the world and we remain indebted to her courage.” Tymoshenko has the same courage, conviction and indeed arrogance of the Iron Lady and I certainly hope that she will bring in a new era of ‘Iron Lady Politics’. Eastern Europe in particular at this time needs that type of leadership.