While on a visit to Kalush in Western Ukraine today, at a meeting with administrative representatives of the Ivano-Frankivsk oblast', Viktor Yanukovych said that representatives of the opposition who were elected heads of local government in the local elections on October 31, should not be in opposition either "to any government or to its nation."
"Democracy - is not self-mockery. It is a kind of constructive approach to life. If you have a competitive programme - go ahead, realise it, we can create the conditions."
"But when it is considered, for example, in one region, that five heads of cities of one party were elected - and the party is in opposition, that these five heads will be in opposition? I myself can not imagine this ... I will twist off his head if he does not deal with the sewage or with water, and gas [problems], " added Yanukovych clumsily.
He doesn't get it. These five city mayors were democratically elected by voters in their cities just a few days ago...if they do not deliver on their promises they will be kicked out at the next elections...If Yanukovych doesn't deliver on his promises does he imagine someone will "rip his head off"?
"All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs." - Enoch Powell - British politician and Conservative Party MP