Sunday, June 12, 2011

Civic Platform is big

Not even big, but huuuge. Any politician would fit, feel at home there. Well, everyone except Jaroslaw Kaczynski. On the other hand, he could also fit in it too but under two conditions: he would have to change his name and stop calling Prime Minister Donald Tusk "Donek."

We did signal that some prominent politicians are going to join, or let's say associate themselves, with the PO, and so it came true. On Saturday, on PO's convention kicking off the election campaign two new people showed up: the former leader of Poland is the Awesomest (PJN) and a one-time former head of Jaroslaw Kaczynski's campaign, Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska and...former foreign minister for a Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) government, Member of the European Parliament from an SLD splinter group, Dariusz Rosati.

The pair sat in the front row beside another PiS escapee, Radoslaw Sikorski, the current foreign minister, and a recent SLD escapee, Bartosz Arlukowicz -- truly very good company, though PO voters might be a little baffled. After all in this group are people who are for gay rights and against, who believe in a free market economy and believe in social responsibilities for the state, who believe the pension system should be self-sustainable and who think pensions should be high no matter the tax burden.

In the end PO politicians agree on one thing. To quote Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska: "I came here because I will do anything so that PiS does not get back into power."

To look at it inversely, it is clear that the PO is about only one thing -- retaining power. Therefore, do not fool yourself into believing that it will get its act together after the elections and start reforming this and that. It will not, that is, unless the situation is so dire (significant recession) the only hope would be to reform and keep fingers crossed the effects are felt before the next elections.

No comments:

Post a Comment