Prague - It is absurd that the Czech draft civil service bill that should eliminate the practice of lucrative posts being given to outgoing politicians is, on the contrary, trying to legalise this, Daniel Anyz writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
He refers to an article in the draft legislation saying an individual who has served in the government or in the lower or upper houses of Czech parliament in the past four years can fill a post in civil service abroad, that is in diplomacy, without a competition,.
Anyz points out that the only meaning of this article is "to open the door to diplomacy for former deputies and senators without the necessary experience, competences and language knowledge and without a competition that even internal candidates from career diplomats must undergo, according to the standard procedure.
It will be interesting to observe whether the senior government Social Democrats (CSSD), whose Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek allegedly wants to purge diplomatic corps from any preferential treatment, will accept this provision, and whether President Milos Zeman, who pushes for experienced professionals to represent the Czech Republic abroad, will sign it into law, Anyz writes.
He adds that the current version of the civil service bill would be destructive for Czech diplomacy.
President Milos Zeman has challenged the hoisting of Tibetan flags at Czech town since he minds municipal representatives having their own policy towards Tibet that differs from his own, Martin Zverina writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.
He recalls that Zeman said during his ongoing visit to the Liberec Region, north Bohemia, that town halls should fly Tibetan flags only after all their problems are resolved "so perfectly that they can deal with the matters thousands of kilometres far away."
However, the hoisting of a flag costs nothing and it takes just a little while, and consequently, it cannot delay mayors´ work, Zverina says.
Though Zeman may not think so, in many people´s eyes he has become a capable follower of the House of Habsburg representatives [ruling in the Czech Lands until 1918] who is pleasing his "eager dependent vassals" with his visits, Zverina writes with irony.
The involvement of various "celebrities" on the lists of election candidates is counterproductive for political parties, Miroslav Korecky indicates in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.
He comments on the fact that unaffiliated personalities are again to run in elections, this time in the autumn local polls.
This has a contradictory effect. A few unaffiliated personalities may "refreshen" a party, but if their fielding becomes a standard practice instead of gradually raising own members, the party is devastating itself, Korecky notes.
"As a matter of principle, every party is a personnel agency, a community of people prepared to engage in politics. If this ends, party membership will lose its sense, Korecky writes.