published: 04.09.2013, 07:25 | updated: 04.09.2013 07:28:31
Prague - Betting on Prague, this is how the moving of Miroslava Nemcova, the "super leader" of the former Czech senior government Civic Democrats (ODS), to the head of the Prague list of candidates for the October early elections can be interpreted, Jiri Leschtina writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
The capital, the years-long stronghold of the right, is the ODS´s last hope for more votes that could send the candidates to the Chamber of Deputies, Leschtina writes.
He writes that the ODS´s deep crisis is far from being a consequence of the fall of its latest government, but of a long-time policy that has replaced the defence of voters´ interests with effort at gaining power, positions, personal benefit, Leschtina writes.
It is surprising how long the hard core were supporting such a party. Their abandoning the party now may really mean an end of the ODS. It will no longer be a question of whether and into what it will be transformed or who will replace it, if anyone is found at all, Leschtina writes.
The Czech political scene is developing precisely in the opposite direction than it should, Josef Kopecky writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
There should be several clearly defined parties, liberal, Christian Democrat, socialist and green, for instance, but many other are emerging. Not to have one´s own party is almost like not to exist, Kopecky writes.
The parties look like a broken mirror. Instead of parties with similar leanings merging into election blocs, they are running independently. It will take some more time before people who would change the political scene so that it does not look a broken mirror appear, Kopecky writes.
The two major political parties, the Civic Democrats (ODS) and the Social Democrats (CSSD) behave in a disgusting way ahead of the early election, Jiri Hanak writes in Pravo.
The former are probably using force when putting together their lists of candidates as they have shown in Prague and in Central Bohemia, Hanak writes.
Since the outlook of lucrative posts in the Chamber of Deputies has shrunk while the number of interested persons has not decreased, they resort to intriguing, playing dirty tricks on one another, sneaking, Hanak writes.
The Social Democrats´ (CSSD) dissatisfaction with the list of candidates has even ended up at court. But is there any title to a good position on the list of candidates? It should be so that people join political parties because they have accepted their ideas and programmes and they should be ready to support the parties at any position, Hanak writes.
Or should their loyalty be limited by the career advance on the list of candidates, and should they turn to court if they feel disrespected? Is this a matter for courts? Hanak asks.
The problem rests with both citizens and politicians misunderstanding what it means to be a lawmaker. The lawmakers should pe people´s employees who lead the state according to their best consciousness, and this applies to both the government lawmakers and those who carry out the control tasks from the opposition benches, Hanak writes.
However, people in this country still seek prestige and enrichment in top politics, and also establishing influential relations that they will make use of when they leave the lawmakers´ posts, Hanak writes.
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