Victor Ponta: My name is Paste. Copy Paste – drumul spre un cimitir politic

Posted on 06/07/2012 by

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“Potrivit apropiatilor partidului, prim-ministrul Victor Ponta este intr-o companie selecta. Ministrul de Interne Ioan Rus a declarat vineri ca «de la Platon si Aristotel, toti cei care au scris teze de doctorat pe filosofie, pe politica, pe stiinte sociale, toti au plagiat”.

“Dincolo de amuzamentul pe care declaratia domnului Rus il poate produce, aceasta este si un indiciu ca – in ciuda incercarilor energice (neindemanatice, spun rivalii) de a stinge scandalul de plagiat – premierul de 39 de ani s-ar putea indrepta spre acelasi cimitir politic in care se afla si cadavrele ministrului german al Apararii Theodor zu Guttenberg si al presedintelui Ungariei vecine, Pal Schmitt”

Articolul aminteste de promisiunea lansata de Victor Ponta in cadrul interviului acordat in El Pais, unde a spus ca va demisiona daca se dovedeste ca a plagiat in teza sa de doctorat. Premierul roman a facut declaratia inainte ca acea comisie de etica responsabila in acest caz sa isi anunte decizia si inainte ca presedintele comisiei sa spuna ca a fost un plagiat “de tip copy-paste”, cu 85 de pagini din 307 copiate din alte lucrari, se arata in articolul publicat de blogul afiliat The Economist.

“Ironia sortii face ca profesorul care a coordonat lucrarea domnului Ponta sa fie nimeni altul decat mentorul sau politic, fostul premier roman Adrian Nastase, primul oficial de rang inalt care a fost inchis pentru coruptie”, continua articolul. The Economist precizeaza ca “abia verdictul anuntat, guvernul Ponta a dizolvat intreaga comisie, acuzand-o ca era plina de acolitii lui Traian Basescu”.

Blogul afiliat cunoscutei publicatii britanice precizeaza ca guvernul a preluat si Monitorul Oficial, care pana acum se afla sub autoritatea Parlamentului, comentand ca “miscarea pare de asemenea motivata politic: Monitorul nu a reusit pana acum sa publice verdictul Curtii Constitutionale pe care Ponta a ales sa-l ignore saptamana trecuta, primul oficial din 1989 incoace care a facut asta”.

Curtea Constitutionala a luat o decizie in favoarea presedintelui in conflictul referitor la cine ar trebui sa reprezinte tara la summiturile UE, Victor Ponta a mers “oricum” la Bruxelles, sustinand “din nou” ca decizia a fost motivata politic de un grup de judecatori numiti de Basescu, scrie blogul afiliat The Economist.

Acesta incheie notand ca sondajele de pana acum indica o victorie clara a coalitiei de guvernamant la viitoarele alegeri din toamna. “Domnului Ponta i-ar parea rau sa rateze asa ceva”. Aduce HotNews

Ilustratie: Baricada.

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My name is Paste. Copy Paste.

According to party loyalists, Prime Minister Victor Ponta is in select company. Interior minister Ioan Rus on Friday claimed (this and most other links in Romanian) that “ever since Plato and Aristoteles, everyone who has ever written a PhD in philosophy, in social sciences, has plagiarised.” Apart from the bemusement that Mr Rus’s statement may cause, it is also an indication that despite energetic (foes say clumsy) attempts to silence the plagiarism scandal, the 39-year-old Prime Minister may be heading for the same political graveyard that contains the corpses of the German defence minister Theodor zu Guttenberg and the president of neighbouring Hungary, Pál Schmitt.

In an interview (link in Spanish) with El Pais last week, Mr Ponta promised to resign if proven that his PhD about the International Criminal Court was an act of plagiarism. He made those statements before the ethics committee in charge gave its ruling, with its chairman saying it was plagiarised “copy-paste style”, 85 pages out of a total of 307, from the work of another Romanian scholar. The relevant text excerpts can be found here.

In an twist of irony, the professor who oversaw Mr Ponta’s work was no other than his political mentor, Romania’s former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase, the first high level official to be put behind bars for corruption. Barely was the verdict out than the Ponta government dissolved the entire committee, alleging it was full of acolytes of Traian Basescu, the country’s president and the PM’s political rival. A few days earlier, the government also took over the publication of the official gazette, until then under the authority of the parliament. The move seems also politically motivated: the journal so far has failed to publish a verdict of the Constitutional Court which Mr Ponta chose to ignore last week, the first public official since 1989 to do so.

The court had ruled in favour of the president in a long-lasting squabble over whom should represent the country at EU summits. Mr Ponta went to Brussels anyway, claiming again that the ruling was politically motivated by “a bunch of judges appointed by Basescu.” The president, a shrewd former sea captain, surprised everyone by staying home. And he took his time in giving Mr Ponta an official mandate to represent the country. “I got a phone call from the Prime Minister around noon saying he wants a mandate,” Mr Basescu told journalists last week in Bucharest. It took another few hours for the fax to arrive – the EU summit had already begun. More in The Economist.

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