published: 03.09.2013, 07:27 | updated: 03.09.2013 08:19:11
Prague - Some new Czech political parties try to use various more or less famous personalities as "lures" for voters ahead of the late October early general election though hardly any celebrities proved successful in politics in the past, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in daily Pravo today.
He adds that businessman Andrej Babis, leader of the ANO movement, applies this strategy. The Party of Citizens' Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ), whose honorary chairman is President Milos Zeman, is also trying to recruit famous names for its list of candidates but their celebrities lack glamour.
Babis, for his part, is headhunting successful businesspeople from the Civic Democrats (ODS) and he had gained support of a renowned expert in Europe, former EU commissioner Pavel Telicka.
Most recently Babis has tried to drew ice-hockey star Jaromir Jagr into his campaign to attract voters though Jagr has actually appeared only in an advertisement for one of Babis´s food-processing firm, Mitrofanov writes.
It is apparent that the trick with recruiting celebrities has not disappeared from the political practice. Yet only a few of these people stayed in politics for long and even fewer of them left some meaningful traces in it, Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.
The Social Democrats (CSSD) have a rather split stance on the health care sector claiming they would like to improve its funding and at the same time seeking the abolition of patients´ fees, which would deprive it of a couple of billions of crowns, Jiri Leschtina writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
He adds that the Social Democrats (CSSD) thereby paradoxically act against voters´ interests.
The health care sector is short of some eight billion crowns now. If the Social Democrats wanted to remove regulatory fees, how would they get more money into the system? Leschtina asks.
A reasonable health care policy must be based on a compromise - the combination of higher health insurance payments for the state insured and patients´s moderate participation in financing. This approach will be at the end advantageous mainly for lower-income voters who tend to support the left, Leschtina points out.
President Milos Zeman has ended up in a quite inappropriate role of the critic of churches by his calls for the revision of the churches´ property restitution, Petr Novacek writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.
He recalls that Zeman called on the caretaker government of Jiri Rusnok and the new Chamber of Deputies to emerge from the early elections to revise the law on the return of and compensation for the property of churches confiscated by the communist regime.
The Social Democrats (CSSD) and Communists (KSCM) are promising the same to voters and they will certainly appreciate Zeman´s help in their effort.
However, this is merely a calculated pre-election move to make an impression on leftist voters as the leftist parties actually cannot fulfil their promises, Novacek notes.
He says even if the left predominated the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament, similarly like the Senate, the upper house, it could not sweep the church restitution from the table since it is based on contracts that the state signed with 17 churches.
If politicians wanted to change it, they would have to negotiate with each of the churches separately, Novacek writes citing Ecumenical Council of Churches chairman Joel Ruml.
In other words, no one can expect the churches to be willing ti change anything fundamental in the law and definitely not under the pressure exerted by the president, Novacek concludes.
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