Disaster: Slovenia saw a drop of 6 places in the Corruption Index!

Sasho Ordanoski
Sasho Ordanoski / Photo: "Free Press", Dragan Mitreski

What does this Macedonian one-year perceptual improvement say from 111th place (2020) to 87th place (2021), compared to 2015, when we were at a record good 66th place on the same Transparency Index, if we know the course of a dozen current lawsuits from the time of Gruevski's regime when, around that period, some of the biggest corrupt-criminal robberies in the modern history of the country were committed?

If Macedonia happened to fall by 24 places in the annual Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index this year, I believe that would be the main news of the week (which will be "stretched" all year round) for all media, political factors, NGOs, commentators and other moderators of local public opinion. There would be special (and especially hysterical) press conferences, a dozen debate shows, special articles and announcements that would flood us with "the general chaos in the country" and the "crimes of the government."

Thus, because our rating is IMPROVED by 24 places, it is almost not news, many media outlets marked it with protocol, suppressed by the news from Sofia, the storm in Turkey, the events around Ukraine, the situation with the pandemic and Karleuшаa's new panties. This will be news in a day.

In the rating list of the region, now behind us are Serbia (96th place, down two places), Albania (110th, down 7 places), Bosnia and Herzegovina (110th place), we share 87th place with Kosovo (we with a growth of 24, they with 14 places), and before us are Slovenia (41), Greece (58), Croatia (63), Montenegro (64) and Bulgaria (78).

From now on, everything is a matter of interpretation. For example, because Slovenia has dropped 6 big places compared to last year, and we have risen by 24 places, does that mean that we are rapidly catching up with the Slovenes in the local and local perception of the prevalence of corruption? Does anyone believe that we are really worse than, say, Montenegro by 23 places? Or that Albania is strikingly more corrupt than Bulgaria, with a difference of 32 places? And what does the fact that we share our 87th place with Colombia or Suriname, for example ?!

Finally, what does this Macedonian one-year perceptual improvement say from 111th place (2020) to 87th place (2021), compared to 2015, when we were at a record good 66th place on the same Index, if we know the course of a dozen current lawsuits from the time of Gruevski's regime when, around that period, some of the biggest corrupt-criminal robberies in the modern history of the country were committed?

This says that the perception of the citizenry (everywhere, even here) is a rather stretchy substance subject to "kneading" and "massages" with various aids: how much money the state spends on its own propaganda and self-promotion; how free the media and the public are in general; what the "international factor" says about the success of the government; how the public values ​​the "strong hand", as opposed to the chaotic liberal-democratic ideals; What is the current rating of politicians on a number of unrelated issues (say, have they decided to compromise with a neighbor for strategic purposes), and not just on whether they steal… For example, we know that in our Balkans the slogan "Steal, but build ! ”Has a sedative effect on perceptions of corruption and crime. And they steal.

All such and similar indices, like this one by Transparency International, which measure perceptions on various topics in the world, are based on loose criteria for the cumulative moods of the citizens in the countries. As much as they rely on factual situations and scientific methodologies, they are also "revelatory" measurements of moods that are difficult to objectify through numbers and statistics, which are then, extensively, interpreted extensively, within some general and culturally sensitive "Molds" that do not apply the same everywhere. What a friend who was recently in Slovenia - the same one with whom we rallied about 30 places for corruption last year - to look for accommodation for his daughter studying in Ljubljana says: "I lost a whole week looking for an apartment on university and state lists. rankings, and here I would finish the job for 50 euros in one day! "

And it is good to say this, albeit with a little joke, just when we are making great progress on the Transparency list, so that we do not make a fuss out of these measurements and do not spread mythologies for political (mis) use in either an optimistic or pessimistic direction. . It is a fact that Macedonia, after the fall of the previous Gruevist government, is making serious systemic efforts to improve things in the field of fight against crime and corruption, as well as the fact that various individuals are making personal corrupt-criminal efforts to make the system fail.

Well, last year, says Transparency, the public perception of these topics has significantly improved. But things are far from the desired Slovenia!

Let's all now listen to what our party info-cheers have to say on the subject…

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