Monday, May 16, 2011

Jarek: The weather should be nice for all Poles

Poland's weather has largely been able to stay outside the political fray as the ruling Civic Platform (PO) and the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) cracked heads over other swathes of life. This is unsurprising since the weather usually disappoints. But PiS boss Jaroslaw Kaczynski has said no more. The weather too must be fought over.

"Today is beautiful," Kaczynski said during a weekend PiS rally, "which leads one to ask: can it happen that we will have beautiful weather for all of Poland.

"We're convinced such a day will happen."

I love the idea of Poland's notoriously fickle weather casting hot immersive rays on the bold and beautiful in the big cities but leaving the weather-beaten rural Pole destitute in a grey forgotten mist.

I also love the image of Jaroslaw standing out in a field with some intricate mechanical contraption pointed at the grey rain clouds ready to bring "beautiful weather for all of Poland."

'I can control the weather,' you can almost hear him say . . . .

With the summer close at hand, here's hoping the "beautiful weather" will indeed come for all Poles, and some foreigners too.