What do you do when you are prime minister Ion Chicu, and one of your children wants to celebrate his marriage, although you signed to ban weddings during a pandemic?
It is understandable for the prime minister to have feelings, plans, thoughts, like any other human being. So does his family; therefore, everyone expects a fairytale wedding in Chicu’s family. That is how Moldovans tend to be. So are the parents of your son’s partner.
As a human being, it is tempting to break the rules. Maybe the temptation to break the law is even more intense when you are prime minister, up there with guards and advisers, thinking that no one will find out about the wedding.
Because you are a transparent and exemplary prime minister, you kindly ask the wedding guests to wear protective masks and keep the social distance. You insist on it, even if the event is outdoors—your attitude and example matter.
Indeed, family pressure can be high too. Family members asked for leaving at their jobs from the U.K. to prepare for this event, long before you became prime minister. In this case, the temptation to act on instinct is innate. Sometimes it seems right. But it is not.
You are the prime minister, and you set an example for a people. You are the man whose conduct guides hundreds of thousands of people, yet you decided to organize a wedding. If your family still wants to celebrate the son’s marriage, you can accept and do so, but you will become a real example to your people. No, you do not think about cheating. You rely on transparency. You organize a small outdoor ceremony with a few close relatives: uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters. About 30-40 people to congratulate the wedding couple.
Moreover, for maximum transparency, you announce the media. Under no circumstances call for a state guard to ban journalists from accessing the event, putting them in the position to film secretly. You let them come and watch your party closely and see how you arrive with a mask, unguarded, happy, and calm.
Because you are a transparent and exemplary prime minister, you kindly ask all those who come to the event to wear protective masks and keep the social distance. Even if the event is outdoors, you insist on wearing a mask—your attitude and example matter. The event lasts a few hours. The press is filming, and the people understand that weddings can be organized differently in a full pandemic. As a result, you do not have to be all Friday night upset that the press found out (many days earlier) about the party you are organizing. Consequently, you have not been hiding for five days from the media because you do not know how to self-explain. And you do not even think about resigning.
No, because you were a prime minister who tried to be an example to his people. But if you have something to hide, you do not want to be transparent. You are afraid of the truth.
Maybe that event was not a wedding. Perhaps it was a simple party with few people who took all anti-COVID protection measures. But if you have not been transparent, then do not ask and do not hope that people will believe you.