published: 03.10.2013, 07:22 | updated: 03.10.2013 07:24:34
Prague - Can the state be managed like a firm? Antonin Rasek asks in daily Pravo today, commenting on what successful Czech businessman Andrej Babis, whose ANO movement´s pre-election voter preferences are rocketing, wants to do.
Rasek writes that Babis should ask why many successful businesspeople who go into politics want to direct the state along managerial principles while none of them has tried to direct a municipality or a region like this.
The reason may rest in that on the level of a municipality or a region it is more evident than on the state level that the administration should be managed in the general interest, Rasek writes.
With some distance, it is evident that the former centre-right coalition government of Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) was not successful because it relied too much on that positive changes can be attained via legislative activity, Rasek writes.
It practically sidelined the management of necessary government projects and programmes. And when it did start to carry them out, they ended up in disaster like the sCards for the payment of welfare benefits, the car register, the pension and tax reforms, Rasek writes.
Outgoing Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok´s recommendation that children should have tablets and learn English right in the first grade in order to boost Czech competitiveness sounds intuitively, Lukas Kovanda writes in Lidove noviny (LN).
But there does not exist a really comprehensive research to expose the real causes of the declining position of Czech pupils in international comparison, Kovanda writes.
He writes that economist Daniel Muenich, who has long been focusing on education, views the problem from the point of view of the volume of public means going to individual science fields and says social branches and the humanities are neglected in this respect.
True, the current situation of technical education and the humanities requires a correction, but this must not be done to the detriment of the latter, Kovanda writes.
If Rusnok were to finance the tablets and English lectors from his own money, he would most probably do so only on the basis of an expert study made be specialists educated in the humanities, Kovanda writes.
If the Czech Communists (KSCM) accepted co-responsibility for the state (they have it on the regional level for now only) after the end-October early general election, they would actually "forget themselves" with the capitalist system which they have radically criticised to date, Petr Novacek writes elsewhere in Lidove noviny (LN).
The party of Votech Filip may be faced with the riskiest decision since the communist regime was toppled in then Czechoslovakia in late 1989, Novacek writes.
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