published: 10.10.2013, 07:18 | updated: 10.10.2013 07:23:06
Prague - Unless the Czech Social Democrats (CSSD) support faster tax write-offs in the Senate they dominate [and which seems probable], they will tell people how the country will look like after their probable victory in the forthcoming early general election, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
He writes that in 2009 already, the then government´s economic council NERV, on which current outgoing Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok was sitting, advised the government: if you want to help firms get their breath, accelerate tax write-offs, firms will start taking on new people, invest.
NERV said this will increase trust among businesspeople, lower unemployment and GDP will grow more quickly, Honzejk recalls and adds that this was true in 2009 and it is true today as well.
Unless the CSSD supports the write-offs, but wins the election, the Czech Republic will become a country where ideology and short-time budgetary accounting will stifle creativity and prospects, a country of narrow-minded politics that will eventually turn against all, including the left´s voters, Honzejk writes.
He writes it is to be hoped that the CSSD will eventually realise this.
Civic Democrat (ODS) acting chairman Martin Kuba may become the first head of party who will not get to the Chamber of Deputies in a general election, Martin Zverina writes in Lidove noviny (LN).
Kuba, running in the forthcoming early general election in South Bohemia, did not unite his party in the region and popular mayors as well as lawmakers were leaving the party over him, y eventually defeating his ODS in elections, Zverina writes.
Kuba is aware of this situation and that is why he tried to enter the Central Bohemian list of candidates, but the organisation refused this, Zverina writes.
He writes that the depth of Kuba´s fall will be measured by the number of those who will gain preferential votes and get before him on the lists of candidates in the elections.
Kuba will surely not be the sole ODS candidate who will suffer a defeat. It is to be hoped that after the elections, the ODS will be more prudent in choosing its leaders. In the opposite case it will be interesting for anyone but party members, Zverina writes.
The money gained in taxes levied on cigarettes does not return to health care automatically, but it is dissolved in various chapters of the state budget and that is why any talk about "my" smoking freedoms is misplaced in this case, Josef Chuchma writes elsewhere in Lidove noviny (LN).
This is so because it is not only "my" freedom. Freedom is important, but it is not an abstract quantity. It is filled in relation to a particular period of time and society, Chuchma writes about what he describes as the "not much successful struggle for the regulation of the offer of tobacco products" in the European Parliament this week.
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