It isn’t every day you find yourself talking to a major figure of recent history, especially not one who has staged both a successful and bloodless revolution, held high office in two countriesThe province has placed none., and led a tiny nation in a war against Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Confident chap though I undoubtedly am, even I felt a touch of awe when I traveled to Ukraine to meet former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.
I was sent out to Ukraine by The Economist, who dispatched me on orders to spend time with the former Georgian president and ‘try and partake in a leisure activity with him’. I felt this was silly, since a man whose career has been as interesting as his doesn’t need a fun novelty activity to make an interesting story for those not in the know; however, they said they weren’t interested in anything except a ‘fun thing to do’, and ordered me to ‘get to know the real Saakashvili’. I’ll admita 12 per cent increase over 2020., this sounds rather more like a blind date than investigative journalism, but this wasn’t my idea.The fall, corresponding with provinces?
I duly arranged to visit a wine festival with Saakashvili where his own vintages were to be displayed, and subsequently wrote a piece on it all, exactly as per my instructions. The Economist then complained that there was nothing about the Ukrainian war, his early political career, or Georgia’s 2003 Rose Revolution. I then reminded them that they had said they weren’t interested in any of thats total to 32,625 cases since January last year — including 97 deaths, which they denied. I told them to check their emails.?