Lucky, lucky Mr Laar… He was relieved almost overnight of his dubiously honourable burden of bearing the title of “The Guy Who Filled Up Facebook” (see the previous post). His coalition partner, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia Mr Andrus Ansip decided to speak up his mind about those pesky ACTA opponents at the weekly session of the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament). Note: I tried to find any stenogram in English but in vain, there are only some in Estonian (if anyone sees a suitable one, let me know!)
Wow. Just wow. We (altogether with all the MPs) learned that those people who oppose ACTA
* are lunatics who should wear tinfoil hats,
* are probably eating some seeds, ‘not those we sow in the field, but some bad ones’,
* look like those panicking over the swine flu
* should just take a jacuzzi and calm down
plus some other juicy epithets.
And he was ‘ready to be held personally responsible for signing the agreement if such a person is necessary’. ACTA was all good and those who stood up against it were deranged idiots. All this was based on briefly reading the Ministry of Justice short memo probably written by some junior official and saying nothing but a couple of the same old tired half-truths coupled with some lies (compared to that, the EU ’10 Myths’ are much more thorough, but these have also been refuted by the FFII). But as Mr Prime Minister had read it, nothing more was deemed necessary.
It was really a worthy show. Mr Prime Minister looked like a high school guy ranting at his teachers on the Teachers’ Day (when some schools swap the roles of teachers and students for that day). His fellow members of the Reform Party seemed to feel a bit awkward and tried to bravely play along the bad game. Some other MPs were a little shocked.
Still, the final result was probably in line with the previous debacle of Mr Laar. Lots of Facebook memes about tinfoil hats and seeds sprung up almost immediately. I especially liked the one which featured a record cover – ‘Andrus Ansip & The Bad Seeds”… The connection with the real Bad Seeds, the Nick Cave band, was outright hilarious; in addition, the album title meant ‘Relief from Jacuzzi’… There were several others – and to be honest, I contributed some as well.
So now we are waiting for Saturday – at one o’clock in the afternoon, people in Tallinn and Tartu will join the European protests against the Agreement. And again we have to thank the guy who did it. Thank You, Mr Prime Minister – now every participant knows what to bring along. Yes, you guessed it – tinfoil hats and packs of seeds.