published: 05.10.2013, 13:20 | updated: 05.10.2013 13:32:40
Prague - The fight of Czech parties over voters´ support seems rather dull before the early general election due on October 25-26, Pavel Paral writes in daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.
The campaign may seem insipid and bland in contrast with the loud scandals that led to the fall of the government of Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) in June and with the noise made when President Milos Zeman grasped more political power, Paral says.
Voters nevertheless expect the parties to present at least some programme priorities before the election, he says.
Even if people decide not to cast their votes, it is interesting for them to hear what they may expect after the election that has a rather clear favourite, Paral writes, referring to the Social Democrats (CSSD) who have a double-digit lead over other parties, according to opinion polls.
Paral says there is no strong debate on programmes and the television and radio panel discussions of election leaders seem boring.
He says the world dramatically changed in the past five years and people need to make it clear, in which direction their country is going to head. A substantial discussion on the key issues needs to be launched, he adds.
The Czechs need politicians who see farther than to the next election, Paral concludes.
A pre-election discussion held on the public Czech Radio on Friday was not as uninteresting as the numerous debates of regional election leaders also because politicians who really represent their parties took part in it, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.
All the participants agreed that the state should provide help to the employees of the north Moravian coal mine Paskov whose owner is planning to close it in near future, but each of them recommended a different solution, Mitrofanov says.
CSSD deputy chairman Lubomir Zaoralek said the state must make the owner Zdenek Bakala find a solution taking into consideration the situation of the people living in the area, Mitrofanov recalls.
He says outgoing Interior Minister Martin Pecina (Zemanites, SPOZ) said pressure must be exerted on Bakala to close the mine only after new jobs are created in the area.
Communist (KSCM) leader Vojtech Filip made the least revolutionary impression among the leftist politicians, Mitrofanov notes.
He says Filip repeatedly said the solution needs to be based on the current legislation, but he proposed that the state take over the unprofitable mine.
ANO leader Andrej Babis nodded to such a possibility but he said the owner is obliged to cope with the problems and that the state has to analyse the privatisation contract based on which it had sold the mine, Mitrofanov writes.
TOP 09 mastermind Miroslav Kalousek, Civic Democrat (ODS) election leader Miroslava Nemcova and Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) chairman Pavel Belobradek viewed the issue in a different way, Mitrofanov says.
They did not challenge the state´s duty to take care of the miners who might lose their jobs, but they rejected any pressure exerted on the mine´s owner that would go against business rules, Mitrofanov writes.
He says Zaoralek seemed radical and distracted, Pecina was fierce but without any mandate from voters to comment any issue, Filip was reserved, Kalousek appeared tired, Nemcova was moralising, Belobradek was matter-of-fact but overshadowed by others, and Babis seemed capable in business but inexperienced in politics.
But the stances of the politicians were apparent. The debate offered a good picture based on which one may decide on whom to vote for, Mitrofanov concludes.
Elsewhere in Pravo, Jan Keller says former Czech president revealed in his latest press interview issued earlier this week that the European Union is to blame for all that is wrong in the Czech Republic and resolutely called on Czechs to leave the EU.
According to Klaus, Brussels strips national governments of their sovereignty.
Keller says with irony that even before the Czech Republic joined the EU in 2004 the Czechs had removed all that European bureaucrats could have taken away from them.
Even in 1996 when then prime minister Klaus officially applied for EU membership, the country has been working hard towards losing its self-sufficiency in food, reducing its engineering industry and making its banking system collapse, Keller writes.
Even before EU accession, the Czechs got rid of the Czech sugar and chocolate factories, tobacco plants and big breweries - they were either liquidated or sold to supranational companies, Keller says.
All this happened thanks to the successful economic transformation of the country, Keller writes, mocking the project that took place under Klaus´s rule.
Fortunately, we still have politicians who are talking on and on about national interests and "godfathers" whom Klaus considers beneficial businessmen and who face no charges thanks to the amnesty Klaus declared in winter, Keller says with irony.
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