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Avaldatud 24 Mai 2014
Abdul Turay

Olen Briti kodanik, kes kandideerib Euroopa Parlamendi valimistel Eestis. Mõned leiavad, et see on põhimõtteliselt vale nii et vaatame seda ümberpööratult.

Mis oleks kui eestlane kandideeriks Suurbritannias? Oleks see märkimisväärne? Kas see oleks uudistes? Ma arvan, et oleks. Ma tean, et see oleks nii.

Poola pankur Przemek Skwirczynski, kandideerib kohalikel valimistel Suurbritannia iseseisvusparteis (UK Independence Party). See lugu on meedias laialdaselt kajastatud, kuigi ta kandideerib vaid linnavolikokku. Ta loodab Poola kogukonna toetusele.

Lembik Öpik on Suurbritannias hästi tuntud poliitik. Tema nime tuntakse poliitikute seas ilmselt kõige paremini ning ta ei ole isegi hetkel mitte parlamendis. Suur tuntus on osaliselt seotud tema Eesti taustaga. Ebatavaline taust ja ebatavaline nimi. Ebatavalisus müüb. Ta valimisringkond on Walesil. Tema valijad räägivad Walesi keelt, mitte Inglise keelt. Kahjuks ta kaotas oma asukoht värvikas karakteri tottu.

Olen poliitikas olnud vaid lühikest aega ja mõistan skeptilisust aga mis oleks kui pikaajaline Eesti poliitik, nagu näiteks Siim Kallas, kandideeriks Suurbritannias Euroopa Parlamendi valimistel?

Kallas kindlasti teab Suurbritannia Peaministrit David Cameroni. Talle antaks ilmselt esimese kandidaadi turvaline koht. Tema valimine oleks garanteeritud. See oleks üle Euroopaline uudis, üle maailmne isegi. Palju suurem kui mina suudaks saavutada.

Mõelge sellele. Ühe maa endine Peaminister on nüüd teise maa valitud Euroopa Parlamendi liige.

See oleks rahvusvahelise meedia kõige räägitum uudis.

Ma kujutan ette, et kui Kallas seda teha üritaks, saadaks teda laialdane kriitikalaine kodumaal. Kuid teisalt oleks see lihtne viis saada Euroopa Parlamenti. Ma olen päris kindel, et kui mina või keegi nagu mina on sel korral valimistel edukas siis keegi kusagil proovib sedasama teha järgmistel valimistel.
ETV debatis 21. mail nõustusid individuaalkandidaadid, et Euroopa Parlamendi liikme panust ei saa hinnata peetud kõnede arvu järgi vaid selle järgi kui tuntud ta on Euroopas.

See ei peaks nii olema. Kuulsus ei garanteeri kompetentsust. Kuid nii see hetkel on.
Ma usun, et enamus kandidaate on nii kompetentsed kui ka targad, kuid see ei näi olevat piisav.

Kes iganes osutub valituks, peab end nähtavaks tegema.

Oleme hetkel kuristiku serval. Kõik võib lõppeda kohutavalt halvasti. Eesti võib libiseda vaesusesse tänu lähedusele Venemaaga mis peletab investorid eemale. See tooks kaasa noorte lakumise parematele jahimaadele.

Hetkel vajame õiget inimest, kes viiks Eesti sõnumi Euroopasse. Eesti on väike riik ja see on oluline maa.

Keda eurooplased meie kandidaatidest märkaksid?”
Mõtle sellele enne kui annad pühapäeval oma hääle!





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