published: 26.09.2013, 07:39 | updated: 26.09.2013 07:48:08
Prague - One would expect the right-wing Civic Democrats (ODS) and TOP 09 to use all their achievements of the last three years of their rule in the current campaign before the Czech early general election, Jan Keller writes in daily Pravo today.
But both the ODS and TOP 09 clearly avoid issues about which they kept declaring that they managed to deal with them to the benefit of the whole country, Keller writes.
How come that TOP 09 does not mention the achievements of its former labour and social affairs minister Jaromir Drabek? Keller asks.
He says Drabek himself still claims that his welfare reforms and especially the sCard electronic card for welfare payment saved billions of crowns.
Why has the ODS not point to the importance of the pension reform? Keller asks with irony.
Former ODS leader Petr Necas still promoted the pension reform shortly before he stepped down as prime minister in June, Keller recalls.
The right-wing billboards do not boast of solving the long-lasting problem of the Czech state - the church restitution, he adds.
As the right wing has somehow forgotten what it did for the people in the past few years, it cannot show a lot in the last few weeks before the general election, Keller writes.
The Party of Citizens´ Rights-the Zemanites (SPOZ) is a group in which the official heads are controlled by rich businessmen, who need political becking for their trading, and by President Milos Zeman, Alexandr Mitrofanov says elsewhere in Pravo, referring to SPOZ dissatisfied members.
People who tried to work hard in the SPOZ, like its deputy chairwoman Dita Portova, have been knocked down only because "the council of the wise" who replaced the party´s leadership started disliking them, Mitrofanov writes.
One can understand why Social Democrat (CSSD) leader Bohuslav Sobotka says his party will not form any alliance with the SPOZ which declares to be a leftist party, he says.
The CSSD may hope that it will win enough votes to be able to rule the country with support from the Communists (KSCM) even without any help from the SPOZ, Mitrofanov writes.
The interim government appointed by President Zeman should do at least one good thing - compensate the clients of the H-System fraudulent housing project, Jana Blazkova writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
H-System was an interesting project: it took money from people but did not give anything in return, although it promised to build cheap flats for them. H-System managers stole nearly one billion crowns in this way, Blazkova recalls.
On Wednesday the Supreme Court confirmed that the amnesty of former president Vaclav Klaus applied to three top managers of H-System, which means that they would not have to pay the damage caused to their clients, Blazkova says.
The H-System huge fraud occurred in the period when Klaus and Zeman ruled the country together, Blazkova writes, referring to the Opposition Agreement power-sharing pact that the CSSD and ODS signed in 1998.
The idea of the fraudulent project came from Petr Smetka and his companions and from Ranko Pecic, an old friend of Klaus, Blazkova says.
During the court proceedings, Zeman´s close collaborator Miroslav Slouf had to explain why H-System paid him a regular salary and wife of former ODS finance minister Ivan Kocarnik was asked why H-System promised to give her a flat, although there was no evidence that she would have paid for it, Blazkova says.
Moreover, a number of former ministers recommended H-System as a reasonable way to gain a flat, she adds.
Who else than a Zeman´s government should at least partly redress the wrongs that were done? Blazkova asks.
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