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Monday, July 10, 2006

Polish Political Pleurgh

Oh, and I know everyone's writing about this (well he is and he is anyway) and as my grandmother always said 'if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything' I was going to keep my mouth shut, buuuuuuuuuut I just don't get it. It's so wrong.

You just can't have identical twins in the top two positions of a country. It's seedy and corrupt and all 'oh, look what a surprise, after saying we wouldn't do this, how about we do it anyway?' Newly-appointed Jarosław doesn't seem to agree...

There is a certain risk for the president and prime minister to be brothers, that was the major roadblock," he said.

But for various reasons, we came to the conclusion that, at this time, putting forward a different candidate - of which we have many good ones - would be a worse way out than recommending me.

Why? Especially if he thinks 'we have a great many good' other options. No, Jarek. No.

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Anonymous szwed said...

Wrong? Seedy?? Corrupt?????

It`s not like they were parachuted into these positions overnight. They were elected and the elections were fair. And it is a well-established principle of the democratic process that whoever wins elections gets to govern.

It would have been corrupt if one of the brothers used his position to give the other some cushy job in the government. In this case, however, what you see is the result of a choice made by the nation. And it`s not as if you can blame the choice of a temporary insanity of 38.5 Million (well, of the 50-odd percent that bothered to vote, anyway).

Now the two might not be my favourite twins in the world, and I for one voted for the other Duck in the pond, but to call the current situation corrupt is greatly exagerated.

Also, I feel it would not be without merit to familiarise oneself with the situation this country was in when the previous equipe was in power. That might be instrumental in realising the true meaning of the word "corrupt" in the Polish context.

9:54 am  
Blogger Becca said...

Oh come on Szwed I'm not totally ignorant about Poland's previous corrupt powers, but this is precisely why the twins should be so careful about situations like this.

Twin 2 said he wasn't going to be PM so that twin 1 could be president. Now, scandal after scandal, he's decided he will be after all.

I don't deny the current political situation follows from a democratic process, but it's not exactly ideal now is it?

10:11 am  
Anonymous gs said...

No, no, no, the real issue is why Oskar Lafontaine's triplet brothers are Polish?

2:17 pm  
Anonymous szwed said...

Well, it is certainly not an ideal situation to their political opponents and those who did not vote for them (including yours truly) but I honestly don`t see anything immoral or corrupt about this development.

So what is the difference between the positions of PM and President being occupied by brothers, and being occupied by, say, two close friends from the same political party, as is the norm in many countries? Does being the President`s brother entail a bigger risk of corruption than being his longtime political crony (as is the case in France, Germany, Russia, Israel)? Since when is having a brother in politics a handicap?

FYI Twin 1 never actually said he`d never be PM. He just didn`t want to be one right after the Parliamentary elections as this would accect the chances of Twin 2 in the coming Presidential elections.

As I said before, I`d much rather not see either of the two in a position of power. But I do not feel it`s right to call them corrupt. At least not until there is evidence to the contrary.

3:05 pm  
Anonymous szwed said...

"affect" not "accect". Damn keys so close together. Must get bigger keyboard. Or smaller fingers.

3:10 pm  

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