published: 15.10.2013, 07:23 | updated: 15.10.2013 07:43:20
Prague - Mirek Toplanek (Civic Democrats, ODS) is evidently the most usable Czech ex-prime minister if there is any such category, Martin Weiss writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.
He does not show any signs of autism, he does not arouse repulsion with his way of earning his living, he does not suffer form a pathological feeling of being unappreciated, and when he decides to comment on politics, he speaks out of experience, not in an effort to settle accounts with anyone, Weiss writes.
Some of his opinions are unconventional and to pronounce them requires a certain portion of strength, Weiss writes.
His opinion that it would be beneficial if the leftist Social Democrats (CSSD) scored a convincing victory in the forthcoming early general election and at the same time his loyalty to his mother party is in a striking contrast to the self-complacent founding father of the ODS, Vaclav Klaus, Weiss writes.
It looks as if a distance from politics were the best for a politician, Weiss writes.
The Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) is riding the wave of people´s annoyance at the former government and politicians as such while it is targetting the lowest political instincts, Petr Pesek writes eslsewhere in Lidove noviny (LN).
At the same time it pretends to be serious thanks to the candidature of several current ministers in the early general election and the figure of the President Milos Zeman himself, Pesek writes.
He writes that other negative points are added to the party by the not too convincing election campaign and its recent internal squabbling that may have discouraged even its coarse voters.
He writes the mixture of ministers-election candidates and Zeman shielding the party does not somehow function because the party is oscillating around the 5 percent parliamentary barrier.
Those who want something new, they look elsewhere. Who wants the left, stays either with Social Democrats (CSSD), and the SPOZ´s potential voters may rather support the Communists (KSCM), Pesek writes.
The law on firms´ criminal liability is not bad in principle because corporations are capable of creating a system in which individual liability gets lost, a delict goes unpunished, but its Czech application arouses fears, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
The global spreading of legislation on firms´ criminal liability is mainly a reaction to international terrorism and corruption, but Czechs have included in the law also tax delicts, Honzejk writes.
The first verdict by which a firm was punished for its failure to pay insurance is an example of this problematic side of the Czech law, Honzejk writes.
The Supreme State Attorney should recommend to his subordinates to better concentrate on corporate corruption, for instance. Taxes must be paid, but the originally reasonable law must not degenerate into an instrument of bullying and unfair competition struggle, Honzejk writes.
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