Friday, November 18, 2011

Sorry, I'm on the phone

Prime Minister Donald Tusk gave his long-awaited presentation on Friday of the "new-old" government's reform plan. The devil will clearly be in the execution since there were in fact quite a lot of details for such a speech, a surprising amount. We'll see. If Tusk and his new government -- the youngest since 1989, as he likes to point out -- can put it in place, Poland will be in far better fiscal position than most other European countries, though that is not saying much these days.

Most observers and political players were all ears when Tusk started his speech today at noon. One was not: Jaroslaw Kaczynski did the Polish political equivalent of "sorry, can't pay attention, I'm on the phone."

Yep, Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who could bore the rust off a bumper with a political speech, waltzed into the lower house late and talking on the phone, and showily so. He proceeded to talk for a number of seconds before actually listening to Tusk.

Who do you think he was calling? A great guess would be his mom (EDIT: Probably to talk about a funeral for his beloved cat Alik, which died recently).

One thing I'm sure of is that it was not a job interview. For, Jaroslaw Kaczynski has a monopoly on being Poland's opposition leader, something it seems he will remain for the foreseeable future.

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