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The Evil twin

I do not have very much time for the current Polish government.

The current Prime Minister, Jaroslaw Kaczynski lives with his mother and a cat. Naturally he is fierce in his denunciation of homosexuality.

His identical twin, Lech, has managed to escape the apron strings- in order to become President of the Republic.

The twins are both backward looking backwoodsmen. Obsessive about who did what to whom during the Communist era, they have not had very much to say about the future. Even Lech Walesa regards them as strange. Their party- PiS- entered into a coalition with the Polish families League, LPR, whose bizarre Catholic jihad agenda has led them to be nick named the "Adams Family League". About from the LPR PiS entered into coalition with Samoobrona- "Self Defence"- whose quasi-fascist policies previously made them verboten as coalition partners. A Polish businessman said to me last week- "at least you know where you are with Lepper (Samoobrona's perma-tanned caudillo) - he is just a perfectly normal sleazy politician, the twins are warped and just plain weird.

The collapse of the coalition amid allegations of corruption should now lead to new elections. The Polish people deserve a better leadership than this ill assorted collection of spooks and misfits.

The opinion polls suggest that the Liberal opposition, Civic Platform, should win- I certainly hope so. The tragedy is that Lech Kaczynski will stay in office. Although most people think that it is his brother who is the evil twin, it unwise to assume his independence in these circumstances.

Comments

Anonymous said…
The Civic Union has a lot to be said for it as an economically liberal and socially tolerant party, but it has not adopted a Liberal identity. It sits with the centre-right European People's Party in the European parliament. Maybe they should be won over for to the ELDR/ALDE and the Liberal International but we need to know why the joined conservatives in the EU first.
Cicero said…
Granted- One of the component parties, the Freedom Union was in ALDE. I think it is worth pursuing.

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