19.04.2022 4:44 | Analysis
“Our real reserves are much smaller than the government in the area of euthanasia,” commentator Petr Holec warns readers of ParlamentníchListů.cz. “Our economy would probably go into wartime rationing mode,” he said of the possibility of shutting down Russian gas. He also handles relations between the government, the media and the head of the BRI, Michal Koudelka. And the transformation of Miroslava Nemcova.
Prime Minister Fiala told low-income citizens that the government had redistributed 74 billion crowns since the start of the year and an unacceptable cap on fuel prices would be paid for by the middle class. Should the two groups in question thank the government?
I’m afraid neither of them will thank him. The problem with the Czech Republic is that even though we have passed some of the poorest countries in Western Europe in terms of GDP per capita, unlike them, we are still a low-income economy. Our average salary is significantly lower than, for example, Italian, and two thirds of people still do not reach it. Moreover, not only certain basic foods, including media-recognizing butter, are more expensive in our country than in ultra-rich Bavaria. And all Czechs can now see how the governments of the richest countries of Western Europe, which, by the way, the government of Petr Fiala still calls the West, where he wants to take us, help all their citizens to a large extent scale and many more.
Traditionally, the worst cynicism and detachment from reality of most people, as usual, has been demonstrated by the leader of the TOP 09 and the Chamber of Deputies, Markéta Pekarová Adamová, who has had success lately. She told people living beyond their means was over. Do you understand this? A politician with an income of 300,000 a month and a car with a driver and a full tank, who probably does not even know the price of gasoline, says to people with a decimal income, who, by the way, pay also his salary, that they were living beyond their means. It’s for a price.
Political scientist Kateřina Smejkalová wrote a concise commentary on this for Czech Radio Plus. Aid to the region is not an unnecessary waste, she says, because our social system does not help people fast enough even in calmer times, let alone now that we are all losing weight rapidly. Therefore, according to her, the government mantra of targeted aid, which government hackers have already called non-functional, will not hold, which will tell you everything you didn’t even want to know about it. Smejkalová writes that the government is failing rhetorically and practically.
Senator Němcová described Babiš as primitive for criticizing Vystrčil’s trip to Kyiv. Others attacked Babiš for this, warning that wealthier people were coming to us among Ukrainian refugees. Is the “must not wait” style a protection for Ukraine?
I think it’s counterproductive at the moment and it could end up with the government. Otherwise, no one ever suspected Senator Němcová of having big ideas, but lately she too has rhetorically torn herself out of her usual orbit, speaking with as much hatred as the Communists of the 1950s. Senate Pushed by other government senators in Kyiv is, of course, just as promotional as Prime Minister Petr Fiala’s trip to Kyiv.
I am afraid that all the remaining senators and deputies, as well as the presidential candidates, will soon have to go there, because we will soon have municipal and presidential elections. Fiala and Vystrčil both like to swear by the symbolic importance of their backgrounds, but symbolism is only valuable if it can change something. And so far no road has succeeded.
Markéta Pekarová Adamová proposes to reward the director of BIS, Michal Koudelka. He “sits down” for a long time with the representatives of the government coalition and finds support in them: after all, we have to trust our own counterintelligence. How to describe this long-standing relationship? And what should the relationship between the head of the secret service and the political class look like?
The “poor” Michal Koudelka became the subject of a struggle between the president and the government and, as always, it became kitsch. Of course, governments should trust their secret services, but we also know that secret services often pursue their own policies at the expense of governments. Unlike them, however, they have the huge advantage of being secretive and unresponsive to the electorate, so they can do almost anything.
In the Czech Republic, it is strange how the “five coalition journalists” who like to brag about the CIA blindly trust the secret services. In the United States, CIA journalists are very cautious and for good reason: like other secret services, it has a lot of blood on its hands and also likes to lie to cover up some of its less democratic actions.
Former Russian President Medvedev has threatened Europe that a possible Russian default will also mean a European default and that “flaming tires” threaten the EU. To what extent is this Russian chatter and to what extent is Europe’s economic destiny linked to Russia?
Medvedev is bluffing because the Russian default does not mean a European default. The West is not significantly financially exposed to Russia, although for some European banks and especially US hedge funds, which like to take a lot of risk, this would certainly mean a bigger loss. But as they say, only default events always reveal the reality, often masked by insufficient data. What about burning tires? This could happen if, for example, our government hears the calls of some savvy commentators after the immediate Russian gas shutdown.
Our actual reserves are much smaller than the people being euthanized, the government says. Turning it off would cripple our industry, which would mean a brutal recession. Our economy would likely shift to a wartime rationing mode. The German government has asked a group of independent economists to analyze what this would mean for Germany. And they found the same thing, plus a loss of 400,000 jobs. And don’t even want to see what a German gas blackout would mean for the Czech Republic, which is economically linked to Germany.
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author: Jaroslav Polansky