Two directions

I am certianly not claiming credit but yesterday’s post was followed soon after by the announcement of the new government. As expected the architects of the 4th Republic (the two year period PiS ruled together with Giertych and Lepper) have taken on the so called power ministries (defense, internal affairs, justice) and will pursue imaginary foes.

On the other hand the economy ministries have been taken by sensible, and indeed surprising people given PiS’s populist stance. A new super ministry of development has been created/ proposed which will oversee the ministries of trade and industry and others (but NOT the ministry of finance). The new minister will be Mateusz Morawiecki currently CEO of one of the largest banks – BZWBK (previously owned by AIB and now Santander) with Jerzy Kwieciński as deputy minister (the only deputy to have been announced yesterday). I first got to know Jerzy back in 1993 on the EU PHARE funded export promotion programme. He is highly articulate and knows Brussels inside out. So it does look as if in line with expectations PiS is not interested in controlling the economy. We will wait to see how things actually work out.

by AWK

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Polish elections – early results

At the start I must state that although the UK system of first past the post has its disadvantages it at least you know whom (as a person) you are voting for. Having voted yesterday in the Polish elections I must say I am totally confused.

One was faced with 12 typewritten pages of candidates with no way of knowing who they are, what they personally (as opposed to their parties line) actually think nor what chance they have of gaining a seat in Parliament. So very little to go on in order to indulge in tactical voting. That is voting for the person who is most likely to defeat the candidate/ party you absolutely do NOT want in power. Or voting for the person who will best represent local interests at the national level. Without divulging which party list I actually voted for, being a firm champion of the underdog, I voted for the last listed candidate of my chosen party. Also because he was the ONLY candiadate amongst the more than 300!! I could have voted for who bothered to send an electoral statement and whom I know lives locally.

Anyway the exit polls suggest that PiS will have a small overall majority. So they can’t change the Constitution but will most probably enforce their view of the World and Poland’s place in it. Given that some 50% bothered to vote and the latest exit shows PiS at some 38% of those who voted we have the situation where less than 20% of the population will have decided which way the country should go. With Europe and the European project at a turning point and close to cricis a major European nation will be represented by a small minority of views.

Anyway just to highlight the absurd election system each 1% of the vote cast for a particular party will have given a completely different number of seats dependant upon the party:

PiS 6.03 MP’s

PO 5.77 MP’s

Kukiz 4.72 MP’s

Petru 3.77 MP’s

PSL 3.27 MP’s

And this is called proportional representation. I don’t think so. And your vote has very little chance of electing the one individual you would want to represent you, the order on the list having been decided by a committee at the relevant party head office!

posted by AWK