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Monday, October 02, 2006

Interm-Interm Czech PM considered

The Czech politicians are at it again.

Now the parliament wants Topolanek (the interm PM) to resign. That's right, they are calling for the resignation of the INTERM PM. Who would replace him? That is anyone's guess, but hey, at least the parliament actually made a decision!

Essentially, Topalanek has accussed the former PM, Jiri Paroubek, of wiretapping individuals in reaction to a leak of the "Kubice" report which allegedly ties Paroubek with organized crime. There is no question that the wiretaps were initiated, but the question of exactly why they were initiated is still unresolved. Paroubek claims they were legal, intitiated by the justice department (with no prodding). Topolanek claims that Paroubek ordered the wiretapping to defend himself against his political enemies.

If true, this would be a case of politically motived wiretapping reminiscent of the Nixon era. However, as Topolanek has failed to substantiate his accusations (which were quite severe in that he actually compared Paroubek to the old communist regime who spied on, well, everyone) he is now left to face the music. For Paroubek's part, it looks as though he may well be linked to organized crime before this is all over.

Meanwhile former president and leader of the '89 revolution, Vaclav Havel has called for a new constitution to be written. He was also quoted in the morning paper as saying "it has taken an unreasonably long period of time. Within three days it should be done." He blames the delay on the complicated and overly ammended constitution. He says, "The constitution should be short, structured, and understandable so that it can be tought to kids in school." He thinks that the constitution should have clear deadlines, for instance, in the case of naming a new prime minister so that this type of delay could not have occured in the first place.

I couldn't agree more with the ex-president. But what good is a constitution, if the politicians in charge of it's defense are little more than common criminals?


Czech Wiretapping

3 Comments:

  • (And) I thought we had problems in the United States. What are the chances of getting the old president back into office. Maybe they could put something into the new constitution he is calling for that would stop criminals from wanting to become politicians.

    God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

    By Blogger David Schantz, at 4:40 AM  

  • God save the Republic indeed.

    I feel as if I have become part of the cast to a real life sequel to "Ghostbuters II" in that somewhere, flowing beneath the autumnal fields, hills, prairies, and forests of our nation is a giant river of evil sludge that has affected everyone's behaviour.

    In the past week and a half here have been 3 school shootings. Not that any are comprehensible, but the ones in CO and PA seeem to be completely and incomprehensible.


    I think I need not try and tie up the situation in DC w/ former Rep,. Foley to the river of evil sludge, do I?

    Bob Woodward, meanwhile, states the obvious regarding the administration's Pharaoh and Cleopatra like tendancies.

    Watching Bret Favre's attempts to guide the Packers are painful.

    Who ya gonna call?

    By Anonymous The Loop Garoo Kid, at 4:13 PM  

  • David,

    I think I do these pieces just to make people in the states feel a little better.

    The old pres is really old (70) and he has serious health problems. The main thing this country needs is some young leadership.

    LGC,

    Nice to hear from you. I'm afraid the whole world seems to be in this sludge. I'm wondering about the school shootings: I noticed this last one is like the one in CO where female students are held hostage. Is this some kind of universal sicko M.O. or what?

    Who to call indeed. Good question.

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 9:23 PM  

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