Trained plasma physicist and Czech prime minister Petr Nečas' government named some prosecutors and created the environment in which they may investigate and efficiently combat corruption and other economic crime on the interface of the public and commercial sectors.
Ms Jana Bradáčová is the "Czech Cattanni" who has energized these efforts and caught David Rath, a prince of the socialist democratic party, with $350,000 in a box from wine.
Mr Petr Nečas with his wife Radka Nečasová, the brunette, and his chief of staff Ms Jana Nagyová who is also his rumored lover. There's a general 2-sigma signal indicating that Czech prime ministers often prefer to abandon their marriage in favor of a blondier woman.
Yesterday, police made a raid on some lobbyists and politicians (mostly nominally center-right politicians) in Prague that some global media consider the greatest scandal in the Czech history. Well, perhaps. Perhaps not.
Some of the numbers are impressive. In the apartments or offices of the suspect folks, they found $7 million or so plus dozens of kilograms of gold (1 kg of gold is worth $50,000 or so). I would bet that most of this wealth has been acquired illegally or, at least, manifestly immorally so that it should be illegal.
It's great that the police works and corruption and other economic crimes aren't easy anymore. On the other hand, it would be great if we weren't becoming a police state and the presumption of innocence were taken seriously. The people who enthusiastically scream "Great! Arrest all of them" simply scare me. In Rath's case, the criminal was caught red-handed and we were told details about the procedure by which he acquired the money. But in this case, at least so far, we haven't been told what the crimes are supposed to be. So at least so far, the situations are simply not analogous.
Ms Jana Nagyová, the director of secretaries of the prime minister – who is rumored to be Nečas' bed partner as well, especially after he divorced his wife in recent weeks (they have 4 children) – is a suspect, too. It was found out (or at least claimed) that she made some military (!) intelligence units spy on the prime minister's ex-wife, too. ;-) She was trying to destroy Nečas' marriage and some discrediting materials were something she was looking for. More seriously, she seems to be connected to the criminal ring in some way. This can be bogus, too.
I think that even if Nečas sleeps with that woman, which is just a rumor, it's not a crime and Nečas himself is innocent. There are clearly many politicians in every party who have been involved in the criminal activity. That doesn't mean all politicians would have to be removed.
Because of all the facts and principles above and others, I find it inappropriate to seriously discuss the resignation of the current prime minister or his government. Needless to say, the social democratic party (and, of course, their closest soulmates in the communist party as well) would use any opportunity and would-be opportunity to try to destroy the government but it's obviously right that the government should struggle to survive because there isn't enough reason to wrap it up – and also because a new social democratic era could be less acceptable than the previous ones.
I am supporting the survival of the current government despite the fact that I am no enthusiastic fan of it or its members or its policies. I don't like that they have raised the value-added tax, that they've been selling some of these left-wing policies as a "pension reform", something that has clearly nothing to do with the taxes and that doesn't have any meaningful "broad vision" either, and so on. But despite these disagreements, one should respect some sensible principles and one of them is that a wrongdoing by a secretary in her private life isn't a fatal wrongdoing of the prime minister himself – unless he is shown to be involved.
There is a lot of irrationality here. The police raid was actually composed of several cases that probably have nothing to do with each other (except for some links to Ms Nagyová). These things are beyond the resolution of a typical angry citizen.
Update: In the afternoon, I was really alerted by the information that an investigator thinks it was a "bribery" for the prime minister to appoint three people to some state-controlled firms or whatever it was (something that he is supposed to do according to the law) in exchange for some political support he needed, probably for the very survival of the government. This is how politicians in any democracy get things through – they have to search for political support and do things that those who support them will appreciate and count as concessions. This is how every compromise is born even though the nature of the concession may have many flavors – but at the end, they're the same thing because one has to do something that the party whose support we need will like (and they will always like it partially because it benefits them or their voters, how it could not be so?).
As Nečas said, when he was constructing the government, he had to offer jobs of the ministers to lots of people to get the support of their parties, too, and so on. They resigned as lawmakers to eliminate the disunity in the party; and they were given some jobs (lower salary than the lawmaker's salary) in some state-controlled companies. The government survived. Was that a corruption? A regime in which a politician wouldn't have to make concessions or "bribe" others in this sense is called a dictatorship because in such a regime, the politician would have to have a complete power. I am scared that over 90 percent of the participants of the discussions on the Internet don't get these simple points. They just don't understand democracy. Or they understand it but they hate it, too. They're waiting for a new Hitler who will save them and eliminate all these "messy things".