Monday´s Comment
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1. 9. 2014

Nothing is more educative than watching how remarks by our politicians, and people in their entourage, change in time. It is also quite amusing, but in a way sad, too, to witness how the common citizen, who has accidentally, oftentimes without really working for it, lived to land a more important job in the state apparatus, turns into an arrogant big shot of the most boorish sort. He lives in a world of his own, convinced and persuaded about his uniqueness that makes him twist facts and frequently tell lies in broad daylight.

Nothing is more educative than watching how remarks by our politicians, and people in their entourage, change in time. It is also quite amusing, but in a way sad, too, to witness how the common citizen, who has accidentally, oftentimes without really working for it, lived to land a more important job in the state apparatus, turns into an arrogant big shot of the most boorish sort. He lives in a world of his own, convinced and persuaded about his uniqueness that makes him twist facts and frequently tell lies in broad daylight.

We have seen many a government figure slip into such a state of blatant ignorance, Chancellor Vratislav Mynář being the latest case in point. Volumes have been written about the dispute between former Prague Castle lawyer Pavel Hasenkopf and President Zeman, of more precisely his office, over the so-called Klaus Amnesty, including an out of court settlement which was paradoxically agreed at the Prague City Court. The Castle’s legal attorney, Marek Nespala, said “no party had suffered any damage” due to this settlement. But the arrogant contempt of court, subsequently shown by Mr. Mynář, reveals several astounding facts.

Firstly—and this is not critically important—there is the naïve hope of Pavel Hasenkopf that it is possible to make peace and get on with people like Vratislav Mynář. Hopefully he has learned his lesson and emerged stronger for any further court battles in future.

Second—and this is worse—we were again convinced, in a live TV relay, so to say, about the very poor judgement displayed by ex-prognosticator Miloš Zeman each time he selects an inner circle of his aides. But it might be possible that the President actually wants his confidantes to act like possessed in order to camouflage his own failures. Well then, hats off to such a unique selection that has no parallel anywhere else.

Thirdly, the case reveals incredible servility on the part of certain state institutions. Mr. Mynář’s affair strongly resembles the case of former Deputy Police President Václav Jakubík. Like Jakubík, Mynář stays in office without the required security clearance. He acts as though virtually asking no such clearance is ever granted to him, since he is evidently not fit to obtain one. Yet the president keeps him in the chancellor’s post, thus obviously tarnishing the good international image of his country.

It is a pity to see Vratislav Mynář heed the advice of the initiated and abandon his intention to escort President Zeman at the upcoming NATO summit. He would have been forcibly taught that his position of chief of the President’s office gives him no right to stand above the others, let alone the law. In the United Kingdom, all he could do is to war a dunce cap and go to Hyde Park.

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