2008-08-20

Worthy of note

Yesterday Belgrade got a new mayor and a bunch of lovely patronage jobs were distributed. This was probably good news for the people receiving direct benefit from it, and may be good news for more people in the sense that that other party did not get the goodies that were handed out.

There was more good news for Belgrade today, which will please local lovers of the game Monopoly. The new international version of the game has come out, and it features Belgrade among the fancy dark green properties, right between Cape Town and Parigi. Now anyone who puts a hotel there, if it is a decent one, ought to do just fine.

2 comments:

Aleksandar said...

Any opinion on LDP's attempt to "departify" public administration? Even if it's just symbolic at this point, it's certainly the beginning of a good trend. I just hope they don't screw it up and instead of appointing professionals without party affiliation end up appointing people whose biggest skill is their affiliation after all, just with the LDP this time...

Eric Gordy said...

I'm not sure that I have an opinion on it, except that I have noticed they have said it. Possibly time will tell whether they mean it. It would certainly be nice to see a professional civil service taking the role of political appointees. But some of these public companies are so lucrative it is hard to imagine politicians giving up their hold on them.