published: 07.09.2013, 13:12 | updated: 07.09.2013 13:29:27
Prague - The expected election success of Czech left-wing parties is hardly the result of their good work, but rather the result of former prime minister Petr Necas´s bad work and his special way of demonstrating conservative values, Jan Keller writes in daily Pravo today.
Within the regular swing of the election pendulum, the Czech left wing is initiatively trying to disgust its voters: badly hidden animosities, accusations of one another, politicians not winning a place on the lists of candidates suing the party, and so on, Keller writes, referring to the current problems in the Social Democratic Party (CSSD).
It seems as if the Social Democrats decided that they are a bit too popular and that this must be changed before the election, Keller says.
The forthcoming early general election is rather odd and even its reason is funny - prime minister Necas´s failure to handle a love relationship with the head of his office, Jana Nagyova, that led to the fall of his government, Jiri Hanak says elsewhere in Pravo.
The second reason of the early election is the unexpected and dramatic collapse of the Civic Democrats (ODS) who were the strongest Czech right-wing party for many years, Hanak writes.
Necas stepped down as both prime minister and ODS chairman in June over a corruption and illegal spying scandal related to Nagyova.
The strangest of all is the high number of new groupings seeking to win parliamentary seats this autumn and offering universal cures to voters, Hanak writes.
The traditional parties themselves are to blame for this situation, he points out.
After seven years of arrogant rule, both conservative parties - the ODS and TOP 09 - had to step aside, opening the scene for false prophets, Hanak says.
Being repeatedly disappointed by the performance of the traditional parties, many people stopped trusting them and they may cast their votes for the false promises of the new saviours, he writes.
Czech economy seems to be finally recovering from a recession after 18 months, but this is thanks to foreign customers´ higher demand and firms´ ability to adapt to the new situation, not thanks to any government investment or pro-growth steps, Lenka Zlamalova says in Lidove noviny (LN).
The nihilist darkness of the past months starts turning into dull light, she writes.
She says the economic recovery might change the social atmosphere in the Czech Republic by the end of October when the early general election is due.
Lets hope that the number of frustrated people longing for authority, a rule of strong hand and new Messiahs will be as small as possible, Zlamalova writes.
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