Poles grown with boredom and irritation as, nearly eight months after the general election, the Law and Justice (PiS) led government fails, yet again, to form a working coalition.
Will this charade ever end?
A coalition has just been signed, but it’s 19 votes short of a parliamentary majority. Which means, if my meager mathematics is correct, that this is no coalition at all.
We were told before the election in September that two parties with Solidarity roots - Law and Justice (PiS) and Civic Platform (PO) – would form a coalition. They didn’t.
Then we were told that a ‘Stability pact’ between PiS, the rural proletarian, radical Self defense, and the catholic-nationalist League of Polish Families, would get necessary legislation through parliament. The stability pact was signed but never materialized.
We were told three weeks ago that a coalition between the same parties was close to being finalized. And then it wasn’t.
Two weeks ago we were told that a coalition between…something!...anything!...would be formed. It wasn’t.
And then we were told yesterday that a coalition between PiS, Self defense, bits of the League of Polish Families (a split within that party has made it the League of Broken Polish Families) and the Polish Peasant’s Party, would agreed today.
Then the Polish Peasant’s Party pulled out this afternoon.
And now, as I write, a ‘coalition’ between PiS, Self defense, but without many of the League of Polish Families, has been agreed. Unfortunately, this means that the coalition (that isn’t) is 19 votes short of a majority in parliament. Which means they still have to get support from outside the ‘coalition’ to govern the country properly.
Roman Giertych, leader of the League, says that he is 'ready to talk'. But, then again, he has been 'talking' for months. And nothing has happened.
The government says that it will not be naming any new ministers until next Friday.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski (chairman of PiS, in photo) is saying that he hopes to persuade the rest of the League of Polish Families to join them. In which case, he says, “we will rule until 2009”.
Ha, ha, bloody ha! Knowing the current political class as Poles do, this is a very optimistic analysis.
What a pathetic bunch of losers.
The country has lots of problems and needs strong and decisive leadership. But finding that kind of political leadership in Poland at the moment is like the blind man, in a dark room, looking for the black cat…that isn’t there!
The beatroot’s position on this has been clear for a long while now: give us a new election and the Polish voter will sort out the mess.
For more comment see Does a radical Polish farmer now control Poland?, from the guys at Polish Outlook
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Posted by beatroot at 4/27/2006