In the UK, if politicians disagree on an issue, they generally just shout at each other a lot in the House of Commons like small children arguing over who gets the last ice pop from the fridge.
In Kosovo, however, it turns out political arguments take a much different turn and escalate to a point far beyond what we can expect from Cameron, Corbyn and the rest of the gang on these shores.
This week, opposition leaders in Kosovo took such exception to the government’s plans to give Serbians in the country greater control, they disrupted a parliamentary hearing with tear gas and whistles in protest.
The deal, made in conjunction with the EU, aims to give the country’s largely Serbian areas more power. However, the opposition party wants the government to backtrack on the deal, claiming it endangers Kosovo’s territorial integrity.
And this is no one-time thing, either – the gassing was reportedly the third straight incident of its kind and government officials have claimed it left some politicians present with injuries.
President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga immediately condemned the “nasty actions of the opposition’s politicians”.
In a statement, he added:
Conceptual and political disagreements should be debated with the power of argument and parliamentary culture.
And, to think, some people were complaining that a couple of British politicians have been hit with eggs in recent weeks. Clearly it could be so much worse!
Still, although politics in this country can be a bit dull sometimes, we’re not sure that tear gas is the best way to spice things up. Our vote is for a Get Your Own Back politicians special…