Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Oh, well, anyone who expected fireworks following Sunday's general election, like a last-minute victory for Law and Justice, must be at least slightly disappointed. With official results now released, all signs point to the current governing coalition of the Civic Platform (PO) and the Polish Peasants' Party (PSL) remaining in power as the coalition will have a slim majority in the 460-seat lower house of parliament.

Prime Minister and PO boss Donald Tusk has also reiterated, for those who didn't get it the first few times and still mention some idiotic need for reforms, that Poland cannot afford painful reforms that bear fruit in some distant future during a crisis. Moreover, he added that he wants the current government to continue its work until the end of the year and that is only possible if the exact same government is named in October. So really the election, in terms of the big picture and policy, has brought precisely nothing new. 

Fortunately for those tired of reading about the government, Poles decided to follow our advice and rewarded local jester Janusz Palikot with 10 percent support, hacking into oblivion the post-communist leftist Democratic Left Alliance (SLD).

Thanks to Janusz Palikot things will be interesting in the new parliament for sure. Poland will apparently be the only country in the world to have a transsexual MP and the new parliament will have its first ever openly gay MP, all thanks to Janusz.

As for our predictions, we are pleased to say that the mysterious M. (together with the humble author of this post) seem to be closest in terms of having actually predicted the election result.

My own predictions clearly underestimated the Civic Platform's popularity and overestimated Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his Law and Justice's (PiS) prowess, but overall the pre-election awards seem to hold after the polls too. 

Oh and if you are wondering whether stripping or singing heavy metal helped some of our favourite candidates get into the parliament, no they didn't, but I would rather blame Grzegorz Napieralski for that....


  1. Beginner's luck, M says. Also, "hi!".

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