On the cusp of the new year both Tymoshenko and Yushchenko have made confident, upbeat televised pronouncements to the nation. You would never have guessed that the new Tymoshenko-led government was voted in, after a first failed attempt just a couple of weeks ago, by "the length of a gnat's ****".
"Segodnya", in a poll, asked its site readers how long they think Tymoshenko's government will survive. About 3500 votes have been cast.
44% said until the first Spring crisis
8% said until the start of the presidential campaign (2009)
12% said until the presidential elections (2010)
14% said until the new parliament is elected (2012)
15% said until she is locked up in prison
Where the people voting for the last option indulging in wishful thinking?