Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Highwa.., er, road to hell

Law and Justice (PiS) went on the offensive Tuesday, showing off its dreams, pardon plans, for developing Polish infrastructure. Given the hardcore, or just hard, experience of anyone who has used any form of public transport in Poland, this should be a slam-dunk, no-brainer attack on the government, which has managed to build a few roads but has done too well in other areas.

PiS clearly thinks BIG. It promises Warsaw a new airport while other cities get metros. All Poles will get roads, highways, roundabouts, railways. You name it, you got it.

Unsurprisingly, PiS is very light on financial details beside mentioning that the state budget would finance 25 percent of its plans (hell knows how much that is in real money) and the EU and municipalities will finance the rest. Somehow, given the current debt crisis in the EU, the need for domestic fiscal austerity, and a looming problem with local government financing, I doubt this scenario is credible.

Of course, PiS should also be careful on infrastructure as people might, just might, remember that the first decision of the PiS government in 2005-2007 was to remove construction companies from key road construction sites (they were supposedly corrupt), instantly freezing road-building.

However, PiS's view might have changed. After all, PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski is always in a hurry, needs to travel fast to meet his voters, and only good or very good roads guarantee he can speed 140 km/h through towns, just like in this video:

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