Reactions to the allegedly spendthrift festivities put on in recent days by Tallinn city officials have now reverberated all the way up the political ladder, with the head of state stating his opinion on the matter.
Like Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves minced no words, calling it "repellent" and "stealing from citizens' pockets."
In remarks on his Facebook page this afternoon, Ilves said that the pre-election atmosphere was being dictated by the staged events in the capital. "[It's] a low-quality partisan circus that is alien to democracy and repellent in its scale and which is financed from the city treasury, at the expense of taxpayer welll-being." He added that there was also "intimidating of voters" and "inciting of mistrust in e-elections."
He expressed hope that most local governments were also having discussions on the hard issues on how to make local life better. "We have no shortage of problems, but fortunately there are enough solutions and candidates who want to reach solutions."
He said that every inhabitant of Estonia had the right to make the choice for the best solutions and honest local leaders. "I hope everyone will use that opportunity - already today, because the elections have started."
Yesterday's events started with the city-sponsored grand opening of a bridge and tunnel near the airport. Later on, there was a Center Party demonstration in which Parliament was surrounded by pensioners and a festival on the largest square in the lower town. According to estimates in the media, the cost to the city was over 65,000 euros. There were also an action organized by the Reform Party.