Monday´s Comment
About paradoxes or, when common sense (doesn’t) prevail
20. 10. 2014

Vladimir Ilyich loved workers and hated the bourgeoisie. Therefore he lived not in the working-class districts of Manchester or Liverpool, but the posh “bourgeois” areas of Geneva. Bolsheviks in Russia preached about a society without class distinctions, therefore they created a super class-based state and occupied its top echelons…

Vladimir Ilyich loved workers and hated the bourgeoisie. Therefore he lived not in the working-class districts of Manchester or Liverpool, but the posh “bourgeois” areas of Geneva. Bolsheviks in Russia preached about a society without class distinctions, therefore they created a super class-based state and occupied its top echelons…

Such paradoxes sprang to mind when I read in the Saturday papers that the newly fledged member of the European Parliament, leader of the Free Citizens’ Party Petr Mach, is paying his 14 assistants from the common European kitty. It was Mr. Mach, who ostentatiously turned his back, at the first session of the new European Parliament, on the band playing an unofficial anthem of the EU. And it is the European Union and its funding policies that Mach’s party scorns at as its mortal enemy…

Paradoxes don’t stop here. The ODS party, which kicks for free enterprise and free entrepreneurs, is led not by a businessman but a professor of political science, which is as close as the North and South Poles. TOP 09, which nominally stands for responsibility and self-reliance, is led by a prince: being born with the silver spoon and using this privilege certainly is not something one has earned. And that party’s first deputy chairman—its de facto leader—has been paid from public funds for a good 20 years now. For a change, the ČSSD, which fights for jobs for everyone, is led by a professional bureaucrat, who has not left parliament benches since his college years. This eager disciple has been there ever since 1996…

Three weeks ago the Anticorruption Endowment described in a press release (available here) how the Road and Motorway Directorate (ŘSD) earlier this year called a 40-million-CZK public tender for the delivery of road crash barriers (the fences along the ditches) that have been actually in place since 2013! Read my lips, they don’t even pretend any longer that there is a “competition”, but advanced to a higher level, calling an additional “competition”. Needless to say its terms were tailored to suit the contractor who supplied the original, year-old road rails. Got the message? Someone at the ŘSD is wiping the floor with the public but paradoxically, the media couldn’t care less. Incidentally, journalists at Saturday’s post-election press conference of the ANO Movement six times (!) asked Andrej Babiš about his Transport Minister Antonín Prachař and his unsuccessful bid to become senator, and will he by chance stay in government? Facing the fifth identical question, Finance Minister Babiš finally saw it fit to talk about fund embezzlement at the ŘSD, ex-Minister Řebíček’s tenure, etc., in short, what’s at stake today.     

These are paradoxical times but there’s no time and will to wonder why, or we’re just plain lazy. Czech media couldn’t care less about the rails on a Czech motorway, but now this is an issue in this European Union far away…

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ŘSD - Mobile Rail Guards

1.10. 2014

The NFPK learned some time ago that a branch office of the Road and Motorway Directorate (České Budějovice Administration), had called a public tender for delivery of mobile road guards to a section of Highway D3.


Na Homolce Hospital, two years after

25. 6. 2014

The NFPK can probably tick off just another case. Police have detained former director of Na Homolce Hospital Dr. Vladimír Dbalý.


The Ministry of the Environment bases ruling on CZK 0.5bn dispute on Šachta & Partners legal opinion

19. 6. 2014

The Ministry’s ruling earlier this spring was based on the legal opinion of Šachta & Partners, Attorneys-at-Law concerning administrative procedures regarding the case of electrical dumping.

 

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