published: 10.09.2013, 07:21 | updated: 10.09.2013 07:30:19
Prague - Czech right-wing voters blame the failures of the previous coalition government exclusively on its senior partner, the Civic Democrats (ODS), as if the junior ruling TOP 09 were flawless, which is unjust towards the ODS, Michal Musil writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.
A typical example to prove it is the Supreme Audit Office´s (NKU) fresh report saying that the change in the welfare distribution system, initiated by the then labour and social affairs minister Jaromir Drabek (TOP 09) in 2011, was much more expensive than what has been supposed so far, Musil writes.
Drabek is a symbol of certain problematic aspects of TOP 09´s performance as a governing party. Under his leadership, the ministry took very disputable steps in the welfare area, including the above mentioned change that brought the welfare distribution system to a collapse, and the introduction of e-cards for welfare recipients, the unpopularity of which mobilised low-income leftist voters and made them support [former socialist PM] Milos Zeman in the presidential election in January, Musil writes.
Drabek, nevertheless, is not the only shadow that spoils TOP 09´s reputation. Another such shadow is undoubtedly TOP 09 deputy head Miroslav Kalousek, also in view of what has become of the Czech economy at the time when he was finance minister. It was Kalousek, not prime minister Petr Necas (ODS) who was largely responsible for the government´s financial policy, Musil says.
In Hospodarske noviny (HN), Jindrich Sidlo comments on the tension that has escalated in both Czech mainstream parties, the Social Democrats (CSSD) and the Civic Democrats (ODS), now that some party officials feel offended by not being included in their respective parties´ lists of election candidates.
In the CSSD, several officials in the Olomouc region, north Moravia, continue an unprecedented process of destroying the CSSD by repeatedly challenging its regional list of candidates for the October general election, Sidlo writes.
Another CSSD personality, Ostrava Mayor Petr Kajnar, has been ousted from the polls by a 27-year-old deputy Adam Rykala. Kajnar, too, tried to defend himself by filing a legal action, but he failed and his CSSD career is close to ending, though the CSSD urgently needs distinguished personalities like him, Sidlo writes.
As far as the ODS is concerned, a conflict can be expected in its Prague branch where ODS deputy chairman Tomas Chalupa, former environment minister who noteworthily succeeded as Prague 6 mayor in the past, failed to appear on the list of election candidates, Sidlo continues.
Chalupa lost the nomination vote to former Prague mayor Bohuslav Svoboda by a mere three votes, and his failure will definitely provoke tension between his and Svoboda´s supporters in the party, Sidlo says.
Czech left-wing parties promise to make the system of tax collection more effective if they came to power after the October election, but they are unable to explain clearly and comprehensibly how they would achieve the goal, Martin Weiss writes in Lidove noviny (LN).
The left wing asserts that the collection of taxes is a question of courage and that the former rightist cabinets intentionally turned a blind eye to it in order to benefit rich people, Weiss writes.
When presenting the ways to improve tax collection, however, the leftist parties use colourless vocabulary of economic experts that is incomprehensible to common people, Weiss says.
At the same time, the left parties know well that some of the steps they plan to take in the tax area would have an ambiguous effect as they mean a further burden for businesses, which, on their part, might turn to Brussels with their complaints, Weiss writes.
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