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Czech regional elections: Pilsen defends some decency

Political colors in regional politics are fortunately not as important as they are in the national and international politics.

In the regions, the governors are ultimately doing almost the same things and they have to succeed with predetermined resources, and so on. Personal preferences and abilities of individual politicians/managers are arguably more important.



Update: The most Western region ultimately became red (communist), not orange, as well! Holy cow.

However, these may be just words I designed to reduce my immense dissatisfaction with the regional elections in Czechia that took over yesterday and today.




Modern Czechia is divided to 14 regions. You see that Prague in the middle is white because it wasn't electing this time. The absence of Prague, a city that is wealthier than the EU average (a nontrivial result for a post-communist country) which is also why it votes predominantly right-wing parties, makes the political map of the Czech Republic even more shocking.

Now I kindly ask the U.S. readers to switch their perception of color to the old continental one: the red color doesn't mean Republicans, it's the commies! And you see that in the Ústecký region in the Northwest, the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia – these stunning bastards haven't even materially changed their name since 1989 – is the strongest party according to the elections. Holy cow.

The only neutral region is the "light blue" adjacent Liberec region where the "Mayors for the Liberec Region" became the strongest movement. And the only region with an optimistic color on the map is "my" Pilsner region where I and others managed to make the center-right Civic Democratic Party (ODS, dark blue) the strongest party. With the regional turnout of 38%, it got 26.5%, followed by the orange social democrats with 25% and communists with 21%. TOP 09 has 5.5%.



We already know that both right-wing ODS and left-wing social democrats will have 15 deputies – a tie – but because commies will add 12 to the Left while TOP 09 only adds 3 to the Right, the Left will have a clear majority and it will probably elect another left-wing governor. This makes the ODS' victory in our region useless. After all, many people voted for ODS mostly because it would elect Dr Jiří [George] Pospíšil [hurried up], a recently fired minister of justice (see picture above), to the position of the governor. He may have been popular just because he was fired by other right-wingers. I kind of like him for other reasons, too.

However, in all remaining 10 regions, the social democratic party became the strongest one. This list of regions includes Central Bohemia – the ring around Prague – where the former social democratic governor David Rath was caught red-handed with millions of dollars stolen in bribes. People just don't seem to care. I have an immense respect for human beings but the millions of individuals who vote for these communist scumbags and socialist bastards despite the devastation during the 42 years of communism, demonstrated corruption of social democrats in recent years, and the general irresponsibility of left-wing parties everywhere in recent years aren't full-fledged human beings for me. They're something in between human beings and wild animals and they significantly contribute to the deterioration of our nation – and more generally and globally, to the deterioration of the world economy and the mankind in general.

The results are pretty disgusting. I hope that the nation's government will at least survive for those 2 more years and avoid early elections so that a similar map won't materialize at the level where it matters most – at the level of the national politics – at least for two more years.

Otherwise Pilsen and the region around it is doing well. Last night, our national soccer team played against Malta – it was a mandatory victory (needed to qualify for a 2013 world tournament in Brazil) and after some suffering, they indeed beat Malta 3-to-1. For the first time, the match was played in Pilsen and the Pilsner fans (i.e. us) are just fantastic, enthusiastic, melodic, energetic, creative, welcoming, just great. This is true both for soccer and ice-hockey. After all, both of these Pilsner teams were rather successful in recent years, in the case of the soccer team, Viktoria, this included successes in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. The ice-hockey team is led by Marty Straka known to fans of New York Rangers.

Pilsen is also preparing to be the 2015 European Capital of Culture.

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reader Shannon said...

Lubos, why was Dr Pospisil fired ? Like a lot of politicians he gets a second life ;-) This crook David Rath probably knew he would get it too...


reader Peter F. said...

It would be hard for me to vote for/take seriously someone as appearance-wise puerile as Jiří Pospíšil (regardless of anything else about him); But I expect that for you Lumo and people of your and even more recent generations this particular prejudicing perspective is no barrier - and so, the effect will be something like babies voting for babies. ;-}}


reader Brian G Valentine said...

I dunno. He reminds me of Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who was demonstrably childish, but who wasn't criticized for "looking" so.

In the USA we have Paul Ryan, who is about the same age as Pospíšil, he's criticized, but not for "looking" puerile


reader Luboš Motl said...

I don't really know why he was fired. There were speculations he was promoting the female investigator who caught Rath himself and someone was afraid of her, so he had to go as well. But because I don't know anything specific, I will refrain from even guessing who is the good guy here and who is not.


reader Crydda said...

Anyone, purporting to write a reasoned piece and then refers to communists as "commies2 doesn't deserve to be taken seriously.


reader Luboš Motl said...

What will you do about it, asshole? Will you send me to Gulag because I think that commies are scum?


reader Crydda said...

No, i wouldn't dream of sending anyone to a Gulag, but your response to my comment confirms my initial feeling - that you are an arrogant and ignorant reactionary, with little regard or respect for anyone's views but your own. Just as bad as the communists you so clearly detest, just at the opposite end of the political spectrum. I have no time for either extremes. Goodbye.


reader ... said...

i dont think you might call ODS center-right wing party. Right word for this movement is mafia because of having police, state prosecutors and judges on its payroll.


reader Zdenek said...

I am sure there will be a plenty of people in Czechia also complaining about this result. However, unlike Lubos, ~70% people in Czechia belong to the group of people who didn't come to cast their vote. These people have no right to complain about the result until the next elections. Unfortunately, these elections show that there are still many people in my country who are afraid of taking responsibility for their own lives and who don't understand that if you want to change something about your country the least you can do is to cast your vote. People forget that this "trivial" act is something many people fought really hard for in the past. Coming up with excuses like "there is nobody to vote for" is a nonsense as there were a plenty of different parties to choose from in each region.


reader Coldish said...

Zdenek - '...that if you want to change something about your country the least you can do is to cast your vote...' Well, yes, maybe in Czechia that is so. But in the UK, where I cast my votes, a cash deposit (Kaution in German) is required from each candidate in elections to the Westminster parliament. They forfeit that deposit if they fail to get a certain percentage of the votes cast in that constituency. For many voters, that cuts out most potential non-party candidates from even participating in the election. So it commonly happens that there is no candidate listed on the ballot paper who a particular voter could honestly support. That voter has a number of options, including: (a) don't vote; or (b) spoll the ballot paper; or (c) vote for the least worst candidate on the paper; or (d) vote for the candidate most likely to defeat the worst candidate. I can see good arguments for making voting compulsory. However I can also see that the powers that be might not welcome the massive increase in spoilt ballot papers that could result from compulsory voting .


reader Mephisto said...

I am Czech and did vote. I voted for an independent candidate for the Senate and a man that I know has done a good job for the regional elections (also independent)
- I would never vote for any party currently sitting in parliament
- I would never vote for any party with any ties to Vaclav Klaus (SSO, Bobosikova, Batora, commies who made him president)
- I would not vote for any extremists (Delnicka strana etc)
- I will chose something from what's left
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the result of the current elections is a direct consequence of the rule of the czech right governments. ODS is by far the most corrupt and beyond any hope of rehabilitation. I seriously say that if given only the choice to vote for commies or for ODS (Klaus), I would vote for comnies because I do consider them to be the lesser evil of the two.


reader Drux said...

Please permit a slightly-off topic comment here: I was wondering if you could contribute an answer to a question on Bohemian history over at StackExchange History beta (see comment posted with the [question](http://history.stackexchange.com/questions/4374/material-basis-of-the-golden-age-of-bohemia)). Thanks (děkuji :) your attention.


reader Luboš Motl said...

Thanks for your trust ;-) but I am indeed no trained historian in any stretch of the word. On the other hand, like most thinking Czechs, I have some partly absorbed, partly self-made idea e.g. about what made our Golden Era possible...


reader Drux said...

Thanks indeed for you reply on History beta.