What IS a Zeitgeist?
Jerman for "Spirit of the Age". In this case it is to mean the "spirit" of the Utanian
people, the magazine reporting the people's thoughts behind the press-releases and reported
Hope faces the skeptical
President Hope has done more toward his re-election and the re-election of his
government in the past week than all the hard work he had been doing over the past few months,
by facing the crowds in Utani B'yan and listening.
President Hope has made it clear that if listening is what it takes to be re-elected,
then he has what it takes. The former Chief Executive bravely faced skeptical Utani crowds in
Agraam, Kanhara and B'yantusu and listened to their woes, before giving them the hard message
that the country will not improve without hard work.
The sessions attracted thousands, but each auditorium was designed to only hold up to
2,000 so that the meetings did not get too out-of-hand, said a Presidential Security
spokesman. Thousands crowded about loudspeakers outside to hear the President speak. The
sessions were run by the local tribal Chiefs, Tuaman, Kanharan and B'yantusu in each city. A
spokesman for President Hope said that the President had been negotiating for some weeks to
secure the support of the Chiefs to hold the sessions, and were not originally with the
election in mind.
The sessions began with the President making a brief address about wanting to
understand the specific woes of the people, and then tribal adjudicators would take the
microphone about and allow people to ask their questions. While a few questioners became
disrespectfully angry, overall the questioning of the President was a friendly exchange,
albeit to a skeptical audience.
Finally, after a couple of hours of questions, Hope gave a short speech (although in
Kanhara he had integrated it into the answer to one question) which was the theme of the
answers he gave: the hard work is not over, it's only just beginning. The President
emphasised that at no time had a people enjoyed the benefits of labour without actually
labouring, and the independence they had won was not the license to "at last" relax, but to
begin their labour, but this time for themselves, not for the Guwimith Emperor. He said that
the "hard work" was hard times, shortages, high prices and even job losses while the country
readjusted to working for its own prosperity, not someone else's. These had to be endured
for "six days" before they could "rest for a day", relating the hardships to the Biblical
creation of six days work, one day rest.
The audience was not particularly receptive to the notion that they had to endure
hardships, but there was acceptance by some, who then asked what guarantees there would be
that they would get the fruits of their labours, this time, with large corporations moving
in to make profits at the expense of the farmers and machinists? President Hope was emphatic:
if the companies win, they too will win with better wages, better jobs and better working
conditions, but re-emphasised there could be "no gain without pain".
Independent polls, commissioned by local newspapers taken before and after each of
the President's speech and feedback sessions, showed that while the President would not have
won the majority's vote, he had gained much respect from the otherwise skeptical crowd, if
for no other reason, said some people surveyed, that "he turned up and faced us".
While the support base has been single digits in most Utani electorates of Utani
B'yan, the polls have shown that by campaigning this way, President Hope may add as much as
ten percent to his vote. This, in critical electorates such as B'yantusu may win him one of
the four seats, providing a much needed base of seats that may win his Conservative-lead
coalition to power once again.
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©Mike Ham, 2000. All rights reserved. No reproduction without, at least, tacit approval. ;-)