gigel(Photo source) This'll be fairly short as there's not much to be said, frankly. The probable new minister of culture formally proposed by PNL is Gigel Sorinel Ştirbu (no - not Ştirbei), currently head of the committee for culture, arts and media in the Chamber of Deputies. Him? Seriously? Aoleu...

Culture, Arts, Mass media in the Chamber of Deputies.

Citeste mai mult: adev.ro/mxpl5. Seriously? Him? Aoleu. From a rotten apple to a rotten pear.

Andrei Pleşu said this morning that he had never heard of Ştirbu. "What was the name again?" he asked. His spot-on remark that one more Gigel wouldn't make any difference in a country full of Gigis at all levels and in all institutions, lead the potential culture minister to respond with an answer that embarrassingly included a grammatical error. Marvellous. Excellent start. An incult culture minister.

See an open letter HERE from PSD MP Radu Popa asking Antonescu to reconsider his choice. It's excellently worded.

Mr Plesu is not alone. NO ONE has ever heard of this ex-State Secretary to the Culture Ministry, subprefect of Olt county, present-day head of the culture committee and member of the Rosia Montana special commission. Odd, huh? As if he'd been dropped into Bucharest from a spaceship on a foggy night!

Perhaps there weren't any Ninels available and this is the best they could do. Gigel... And, incidentally, 'stirb' means toothless...

gigel-stirbu(Photo source) Gigel has had several brushes with controversy as one would expect for a potential minister. There's one story about counterfeit booze and cigarettes which dates back to when this former priest was State Secretary, and another which was linked to his legislative work when he filed various proposals for the Law no. 8/1996 on copyright. One which sparked criticism stated that 'accidental' plagiarism was excusable... I'm still trying to work out how you can 'accidentally' nick someone else's work and claim it as your own. Well, little wonder he's being welcomed with open arms, then. Welcome to the Copy/Paste Club! What a perfect mindset for a culture minister. Once it had been decided that Stirbu would be put forward to replace Barbu, he retracted the proposed initiative. Too late!

One more controversy concerned how his career took off and landed him in the position of State Secretary to the Culture Ministry in the first place - largely thanks to a close friendship with Tariceanu (who appointed him) - godfather to his second child. He is now said to be bosom pals with Crin Antonescu, which must help one's ambitions enormously.

We-go-together-like-copy-and-paste(Photo source) Incidentally, you may be interested to learn that Gigel's name is on the list of politicians who voted IN FAVOUR of the new legal amendments to the Penal Code passed on Tuesday that exempts the president as well as members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate from corruption charges whilst in office. And Gigel once a priest at that. Shame on him. The vote, which prompted media to label it "The Black Tuesday" of Romanian democracy, sparked angered reactions from Western embassies and international institutions. "This move by the Parliament is a step away from transparency and rule-of-law and is a discouraging sign for investors", the US Embassy told Bucharest in one of its harshest stances on Romanian events for years.

new legal amendments passed earlier this week in Romania that exempts the president, as well as members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate from corruption charges while in office. - See more at: http://www.transparency.org/news/pressrelease/transparency_international_demands_repeal_of_legal_changes_granting_immunit#sthash.NkivJi5M.dpuf
new legal amendments passed earlier this week in Romania that exempts the president, as well as members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate from corruption charges while in office. - See more at: http://www.transparency.org/news/pressrelease/transparency_international_demands_repeal_of_legal_changes_granting_immunit#sthash.NkivJi5M.dpuf. And a former priest at that. Shame on him.

Such a choice for Barbu's replacement is really nothing more than a reflection on those who have nominated him. The 'oglinda' effect strikes again.

Romania and her people could have done without this latest guffaw to add to the list of reasons to be sniggered at.

To quote a friend, "Rosetti, Sturdza, Brătianu, Kretzulescu, Maiorescu, Iorga and Spiru Haret must be turning in their graves..."

 

For more, please read Kamikaze (brilliant - I'm still wiping my eyes), Gândul, Agentia.org, Hotnews and Adevarul.