Friday, June 17, 2011

One party, One leader

Prime Minister Donald Tusk said in Gdansk recently that room exists in "the Civic Platform for anyone that means well for Poland." What a nice, catchy phrase. It basically implies that anyone who is not in the PO does not mean well for Poland. I think you know exactly who he means.

Of course, this was also a nice way to welcome some more pragmatic Polish politicians, as already mentioned here, but it also has a "one party to rule them all" tone.

The PM is clearly on the offensive. In the past several days, he has visited a new oil storage facility as well as a new Ikea factory. One would think that wherever the First Secretary, I mean the Prime Minister, goes some new industry pops up all of a sudden.

He has also single-handedly solved delays with building the National Stadium in Warsaw, ejected troublesome Chinese road builders and assured everyone that prices will drop . . . but only if the Civic Platform (PO) he leads wins the autumn elections.

All this has led the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) of Jaroslaw Kaczynski to say we nearly have a dictatorship. On the back of Tusk's strong arm leadership and the police shut down of a blogger critical of the president, he asks whether we are any better than Belarus or the communist regime of the past?

Let's be honest and look who's talking. He's the guy who says he and his party are the only "true" patriots, who says everyone against PiS is like the former military policy in ZOMO, and who says that anyone who acquired wealth in Poland is one or all of a thief, criminal, corrupt businessman, former secret service informant, or former communist dignitary.

In the end both Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Donald Tusk are clearly closer to each other than they care to admit. They both believe in one party (their party), one leader (them), one goal (power), and one nation -- the one that votes for them.

So there you have it. Poland at the moment looks like this: Two Parties, Two Leaders, One Mindset.

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