Sunday, 23 February 2014
Kiev shows the power of the masses but what now?
It is almost impossible at this distance to make any meaningful comments about the fast moving situation in Ukraine. It looks as though the masses on the streets of Kiev have driven Yanukovych from power but it remains to be seen what will follow today's interlude of comparative calm. I see little point, however tempting it might be, in trawling the internet or the Ukrainian diaspora for traces of a political current that mirrors our own opinions; but that of course is exactly what the left in Western Europe will be doing. For myself, the one beacon of hope beyond all of the nationalism and religious fervour that we are witnessing on our TV screens, is the example of a courageous and determined population who decided to take matters into their own hands. As has been shown by so very many revolutionary situations, up to and including the Arab Spring, from here on things can move in quite unexpected directions. All we can do is wish the people well and urge them to remember that oldest of political lessons - never trust a politician. No Gods. No Masters.