“Our goal must be to get out of this Russian energy loop in the next five years. And that will mean a big investment. It will mean change for all of us, but if we don’t do it now, we will be committing a serious political crime on the future of the Czech Republic. And we cannot accept that in any way,” Fiala said in his speech to the ODS congress. What would you take away from his speech? Whether in content or style ?
If I were to compare it with a speech two years ago at the ODS congress, which was held at the same premises of O2 University in Prague, then one can see a huge change in the fact that the ODS is a ruling party and did not deal with strategic issues but with a front party.
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Today, global politics has shifted to governments, not just governments. This speech reflected the specific situation. He indicated that the next two years would not even implement the government’s program statement, which they agreed on at the end of last year, but that the key would be to do the urgent things. that the war in Ukraine has brought.
Energy above all. He promised to present a five-year energy project which – according to what has now been said – will export the Czech Republic from the Russian energy loop. And the second thing is how to deal with what the war has brought, the waves of migration. In other words, he said government priorities – and therefore ODS priorities at the national level – were going to change significantly.
Then there was an important thing, which was that he said what we all felt: that the world we knew was changing a lot, and that completely new relations were emerging at European level between the different states. New coalitions of cooperating parties will emerge there. Countries will play a slightly different role. He also redefines the priorities, what is important and what is not, and of which he would like to be an active part. In this way, he explained why in recent months he has practically always traveled abroad – to London, Brussels, kyiv, etc.
If we look inside the ODS, he obviously doesn’t want to change the winning lineup. But why doesn’t he have women at his head? Or is Pavel Blažek right that ODS voters really don’t mind trusting him?
These things always arise spontaneously. If I had to say who had the best speech for themselves and the biggest applause for these delegates at yesterday’s meeting, it was Jana Černochová. And I think she is an “informal woman” in the leadership of this party because she is part of the leadership.
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Why is he not running for vice-president and why are others running for others is, in my opinion, part of some agreements – as is the case in these parties – between regions , so that if one region has a vice-president, then the other or regions working together have it.
And another vacancy from another region of Prague, Zdeněk Zajíček, is a candidate for the vacancy, which, in my opinion, should belong to Jana Černochová, not because she is a woman, but because she fulfills this function and became one of the faces. According to such unwritten agreements, the two Praguers would probably not elect the leadership.
So when you mention Jana Černochová, she is trying to earn her stripes in government as Minister of Defense. What testimonials have civic democrats actually earned through their service to government? How is the Prime Minister? Ministers in addition to Mrs Černochová and gentlemen (Zbyněk) Stanjura or (Martin) Kupka?
In a normal situation, we would have already gone through what is called the evaluation of the hundred days of government. But here is an abnormal situation in that they came to the ministries on December 17, and then wrote a program statement for a month, seeking the new ground. Then the government regained confidence and then it was the war that turned everything upside down.
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For example, the fact that the Czech Republic is 95% dependent on Russian gas and wants to change it radically will create demand for solutions to these pressing problems. And suddenly the ministries redefine their tasks, their objectives. Of course, probably not the Ministry of Education, but the Ministries of Economy and Energy. Perhaps the Ministry of Education, in fact, because the future integration of tens of thousands of Ukrainian children into schools and health institutions will cause a movement.
So now we don’t know what to assess – whether it’s what was written at the end of January or priorities that have yet to be fully made public.
For example, Petr Fiala promised that the government would present a five-year energy plan within a week, or that it was under discussion in the government on Wednesday that it would publish new priorities for each ministry. We are therefore in a situation where we do not know what we must evaluate.
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And what about how he interprets his empathy for people who are experiencing huge energy prices, and how he helps them, does he really have a sufficient idea of what these people need , how they feel?
I see huge changes there, for example in terms of petrol and diesel, when the government said it would first check whether sellers were abusing margins. She sent the Ministry of Finance every week to find out the margins. And starting from the fact that it has found that certain channels abuse it, it therefore puts a little margin on the margins.
Here we proceed rather by the method of gradual steps and there are always two scales. One is to cap, to regulate energy prices, not only of diesel and gasoline, but also of others.
And to get from it, on the other hand – that is, on the second scale of this weight – less money, less tax collection, less money from the side of state budget revenues , which must be used, for example, to solve the migration crisis, but not only for them.
And always the ministers of economy, led by the minister of finance, should decide what is most important at that time.
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