Letter: No tears for Tudjman
Thursday 16 December 1999
After the war with Serbia, prices rose and wages fell. Those who were once comfortable are struggling. The average wage is about pounds 300 to pounds 400 a month. Cigarettes and alcohol are cheap, but all other items cost about as much as in wealthy countries.
The government claimed it had no money but they had managed to buy a new private jet for Tudjman, and a whole fleet of luxury cars for themselves.
Social services are non-existent. "If you need medicine and you don't have enough money, nobody cares if you live or die," my cousin said to me.
I asked my family what they thought would happen in the forthcoming elections. "If the government lost would the opposition be competent?" I asked. They shrugged. "We don't trust anybody any more." These are not the words of people who are crying today because the man has gone.
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