I prefer my politicians with a little panache. Arturas Zuokas, the mayor of Vilnuis from 2000-2007, reelected in April of this year, exhibits a flair for PR showmanship in this latest video wherein he solves the problem of cars parked in bikes lines.
In a pluck demonstration targeting people who think they’re above the law (i.e., people who park their Mercedes anywhere they want), Mayor Zuokas responds, “It seems like a tank is the best solution.” He then jumps into a Soviet troop carrier to crush the luxury vehicle.
The fictional Mercedes driver (it is after all a staged demonstration) comes out of a store, shakes the mayor’s hand in disbelief, then congenially agrees to park legally from now on.
It’s a clever if cute display, and it does the trick. The message is clear: the mayor will not stand for your entitled sense of dispensation.