When the whole nation unanimously condemns the Canadian diplomacy, one needs to be alert. Aren’t we giving into a summer hysteria? Aren’t we provoking ethnic intolerance by headlines like “Canada imposed visas (on Czechs) due to Roma migration”? Don’t we also have, like the Canadians do, some homework left to do? Isn’t recalling an ambassador an exaggerated reaction? Everything suggested already in late June that Canada will introduce the visas. Opposite information was only coming from a single source: the Foreign Ministry. So either the Canadians deliberately pulled their counterparts’ leg, or the Czernin Palace was unable to decode the information. The shocking move is a result of both the failure of the Czech Foreign Ministry and of Canadian “betrayal”.
The best political commentaries in this country have always been written by people who do not have much in common with so-called professional pundits. Songwriter Jarek Nohavica used Josef Lada’s winter landscapes to describe winter difficulties in the video for his song Ladovská zima. The legendary Haďák traffic caricature from the 1960s — “Good from the right! Tanks from the left!” — has become a metaphor for the Soviet occupation. And just a week ago, Vladimír Jiránek commented on the unbelievable problems the Czechs are having with the budget, debt and political ignorance. In his cartoon, a CNN reporter somewhere in the Czech Republic explains to the world: “It looks like the locals have known the truth for centuries. But
Jiří Paroubek looked so sulky at ten o’clock on Sunday morning as if he was to deal with George W. Bush instead of with Mirek Topolánek about the new government . Only the candidate for the post of KDU-ČSL chairwoman, Michaela Šojdrová, sat down next to him on one of the prominent seats of the VIP section next to the stage, where American President Barack Obama was to appear any minute. Paroubek’s gloominess may have been caused by the fact that the majority of important guests, including himself, got to the stage only after queuing for more than a half an hour in Nerudova street under Hradčanské náměstí, although the invitation promised a significantly smoother course. People equipped with a
The political scene has woken up and unanimously denounced the “brutal, hideous, atrocious crime”, as the president said. That’s a good news, although it should be a natural thing. The situation presented in first news reports seems clear: an attempt at a racially motivated multiple murder on the day that a few hundred young skinheads in northern Bohemia enthusiastically commemorated the instigator of one of the worst genocides in history. But we are not politicians, so we can stay reserved even about such an emotional case. Yes, it seems like an attempt at a racial murder, but it’s not 100% sure yet. What is encouraging about the politicians’ indignation is that the leaders of all decent parties have come up