OPINION

Enemy of the people

Workers and pensioners are both suffering as a result of rising prices. And it is obvious what the chief cause of the problem is – the price of fresh fruit and vegetables, especially at street markets! Generally, food is more expensive, as are all consumer products for everyday needs, clothes, and rents. Bills are higher. Prices are up in restaurants, cafeterias and hotels. Fees for schools, cramming institutes and healthcare have increased. This may all be true, but still cannot be compared with the unacceptable price rises of street market products. So there is a war between the «competent» state officials and the perpetrators of wretched and damaging profiteering which can no longer be tolerated. Leading the crackdown is a «tough» new deputy minister who claims to be a tireless persecutor of sordid profiteerers. This image of a war between governors and street traders is perfect for the government from a public relations point of view. Television cameras sweep the areas where «price crimes» are being committed daily, while customers whine about prices – which they will dismiss as extortionate, regardless of what they come across – and traders (guilty or not) defend their prices with disarming conviction. Meanwhile, there is an assiduous effort by those who govern us to mislead us as to why we are financially worse off every month.