Reform Party Must Communicate with Society, Says Paet ({{commentsTotal}})

Urmas Paet
Urmas Paet Source: Photo: ERR

Reform Party member and foreign minister Urmas Paet must communicate better with parts of society when making decisions.

“The only solution is to talk to all parts of society that one or another decision effects,” Paet said, speaking on ETV on Wednesday, adding that this kind of communication can not only take place every four years before elections.

Paet is considered one of the frontrunners to take over for party chairman Andrus Ansip when he steps down. The Reform Party has been hit by declining popularity ratings.

Reform Party MP Andrei Korobeinik told Postimees on Sunday that the party has two problems, of which the first is arrogance in outward communication - which he called an extremely bad idea considering the party's 18 percent poll rating - while the second problem is the unpopularity of recent new initiatives, especially in the field of taxation.

He said that the new ideas are alienating the core voters of the party, and the party has agreed to review its political promises and programs.

The Reform Party clocked its lowest rating since 2005 in a recent monthly Emor poll, with only 18 percent of those with a clear party preference willing to vote for the party. IRL, Reform Party's coalition partner, recorded its best result since 2006.