Czech press survey - August 2


02.08.2014 13:22

Prague - The idea of Zdenek Skromach (Social Democrats, CSSD) as Czech head of state is funny and it cannot be taken seriously, however, at the times of "populist or apolitical undercurrents," it is not fully unrealistic, Petr Pesek writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Ilustrační foto - Místopředseda ČSSD Zdeněk Škromach. ČTK Šálek Václav

He says three and a half years ahead of the next presidential election, it is too early for a sober debate about presidential candidates.

Skromach´s ambition and its possible influence on current President Milos Zeman´s effort to be re-elected can only provoke two things: one may appreciate Skromach´s daring and slowly review what good the direct presidential election has brought, Pesek adds.

Skromach as the next president is a fanciful idea. He is like Zeman without his remaining positive sides. However, one cannot wonder at anything these times, Pesek writes.

Czech politicians across the political spectrum often use the dangerous ammunition of populism to attract voters, Lukas Jelinek writes in Pravo today.

He recalls that left-wingers sometimes cannot understand that an immense property can be gained from an honest business, inheritance or restitution, while right-wingers sometimes call hard-working people living hand-to-mouth "rabble" and protesting trade unionists "the voice of the street."

Moreover, a Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) once used an animal comparison for homosexuals. Other ultra-right as well as conservative politicians called the planned debt clearance for the poor "a gift for Romanies," though the measure would also help some senior citizens, single mothers, long-term unemployed and families with children who face poverty, distraint and usury, Jelinek says.

An anti-prejudice course might be launched for politicians. Especially in the situation where many of them tend to split society and indirectly prepare the path for authoritarian and totalitarian leaders "who would not fiddle with minorities and any disadvantaged people at all," Jelinek concludes.

Current Czech Human Rights Minister Jiri Dienstbier (Social Democrats, CSSD) has become a cute dreamer and a fantast for someone, while others call him a dangerous social engineer who embodies the worst of the political correctness cult, Miroslav Korecky writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.

He says Dienstbier follows the traces of his predecessors in the post who were also submitting dubious proposals that would actually rather restrict personal freedoms.

During six months in office, Dienstbier has managed to propose, for instance, the legal rights of parents to place their children in a nursery and kindergarten, an election bill to introduce an obligatory 30-percent quota for women on candidates´ lists, the strategy of Romanies´ integration full of "positive discrimination" steps and an amendment to the insolvency law to remove debts of the lowest-income groups. The right of homosexual couples to adopt children may follow, Korecky writes.

He adds that a number or possibly most of Dienstbier´s proposals will never be materialised since they are either too controversial or economically unrealistic.

Consequently, Dienstbier works in the government as "a guilty conscience" to show how the Social Democrats (CSSD) would have been governing if their coalition partners, the opposition and a limited budget, in other words objective reality, had not prevented it, Korecky writes in MfD.

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