As we may have mentioned once or twice before, it is not easy to win the much-coveted ‘Biggest Scumbag in Romanian Politics’ award. The competition (which encompasses the vast majority of the Romanian political class) is fierce.
Time and time again in recent years however, one politician has managed to stand head and shoulders above all others: Victor Ponta.
Ponta, a former prime minister, is – you will no doubt remember – a proven fraud who copied large parts of his doctoral thesis. He is also facing trial for acts of corruption.
Yesterday the charming Ponta declared – with tongue nowhere near his cheek – that during 2014’s presidential election (in which he was humiliatingly defeated by Klaus Iohannis) queues of voters had formed outside Romanian embassies around the world not because there was a deliberate attempt to prevent them from voting (there was) but instead because
‘members of the diaspora stood in the same queue three or four times, so that it would look bad on television.’
Victor Ponta: you are a total shit.