Saturday, September 10, 2005

As they say in Kiev

The pro-Tymoshenko daily paper Ukraina Moloda summed it up like this. "There is a Ukrainian saying: 'If your house burns down, the barn might as well burn down too.’ But in the current realities of our politics, it should be re-written to sound like this: ‘If your barn burns down, you might as well torch your house'. " The barn, in this case, is Petro Poroshenko, while the house is Ms Tymoshenko’s government. (Ukraine Press Review, David Couch, FT, 9 Sep)

Thinking about Ukrainian history, the old saying is easy to understand.

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