The Zeman Circus
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The Zeman Circus
15. 1. 2018

I was trying to establish what the incumbent president did against corruption. I found nothing. While I searched, I have seen plenty of disagreements caused by the president’s self-serving or otherwise problematic acts. He would only lend his altruistic support to traders with Russia and China and to a few local businessmen; when he took part in various gatherings, the whiff of oil was never too far. This pretty much seems to sum up his programme. What did he do for me – one of the ten million? He came to visit me at my expense. The Prague castle set had this down to a fine art: a shot of something stiff, a smile, a joke, an offensive remark; then collect the gifts, whisk them away, hold the door, another shot and to bed. A kind of variety act featuring an elephant. In October, on the National Day, gongs are given to the cultural idols of the majority; then it is Christmas and in the next year the whole act starts again. Just make sure he is seen, or rather, heard.

I was trying to establish what the incumbent president did against corruption. I found nothing. While I searched, I have seen plenty of disagreements caused by the president’s self-serving or otherwise problematic acts. He would only lend his altruistic support to traders with Russia and China and to a few local businessmen; when he took part in various gatherings, the whiff of oil was never too far. This pretty much seems to sum up his programme.

What did he do for me – one of the ten million? He came to visit me at my expense. The Prague castle set had this down to a fine art: a shot of something stiff, a smile, a joke, an offensive remark; then collect the gifts, whisk them away, hold the door, another shot and to bed. A kind of variety act featuring an elephant. In October, on the National Day, gongs are given to the cultural idols of the majority; then it is Christmas and in the next year the whole act starts again. Just make sure he is seen, or rather, heard.

All this was caused by the entirely unnecessary decision to adopt direct election of the president. It creates a semblance of a presidential system, and if there are enough counter-candidates (the more challengers, the better for the incumbent), the populist with the greatest mass support wins. This is an office that is worth doing a deal for. It repays a substantial investment. The majority seeks just one piece of information and then they vote. The system where the parliament elected the president – and the compromises entailed – made sense. If we are unhappy with that, we should discuss overhauling the whole system.

To sum up: the president did nothing for me and everything for the shysters who nevertheless wear kid gloves; he split the nation apart; cauldrons boiled with hate; the civilised world sees us as having a pro-Russian ruler. And, with the president feeling the need to explain to a TV anchor what the English word “pussy” means, the word became firmly associated with him in everybody’s mind. There have been so many lies that – with four opposition candidates essentially placed second – we have had a glance at what holding the office would do to Mr Professor’s self-conceit, at least in terms of his support for an expert talk in exchange for sawing off the branch one is sitting on.

 

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