Macierewicz Investigates

April 11, 2014
Questioning Smolensk

Questioning Smolensk

“I am certainly not mistaken; what we are dealing with here is a crime,” said PiS MP and Jarosław Kaczyński confidante Antoni Macierewicz, discussing the Smolensk plane crash. “Those people died because the plane exploded in the air. I believe that it involved the actions of third parties,” stressed the deputy leader of Law and Justice (PiS). At the same time, he did not indicate the persons who in his opinion are responsible. “At this stage of the proceedings of the parliamentary team, we cannot indicate those responsible. However, everything implies that culpability lies on the Russian side.” Antoni Macierewicz emphasises that the details of the catastrophe are still unknown, which can be blamed on “the prosecutor’s office and the governing bodies of the state.” “Unfortunately they are only blocking this investigation. Hence, there is a necessity to introduce a special Smolensk Act,” notes the deputy PiS head.
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Euro for Poland

April 1, 2014
Euro Soon for Poland?

Euro Soon for Poland?

Janusz Palikot’s party, Your Movement (TR), wants to change the Constitution and introduce the Euro in Poland as fast as possible. Palikot wants the amendment to be a joint initiative of Civic Platform (PO), the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) and TR. He said that the proposed amendment was prepared in 2008 by the former Speaker of the Lower House and current President Bronisław Komorowski, so it has already been consulted within PO. The head of TR has proposed holding a referendum to convince Jarosław Kaczyński, the head of Law and Justice (PiS). “Changing the Constitution without a referendum is not possible,” said Palikot. He added that by introducing the Euro, Donald Tusk and the fast-imploding PO will at least leave a legacy behind after they are gone. TR MP Wincenty Elsner claims that the main change they want to introduce concerns the National Bank of Poland (NBP). The Constitution would read: “The central state bank of Poland is the National Bank of Poland which is part of the European system of central banks.” In order to change the constitution a two-thirds majority vote is needed. The ruling coalition would not have a majority even with the backing of SLD and Twój Ruch.
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Kaczyński’s Political Fiction

February 26, 2014
Writing Fiction?

Writing Fiction?

“The new policies of Law and Justice (PiS) are over-optimistic and unreal. In their view money can be distributed willy-nilly even if one does not have it,” said Grzegorz Schetyna of Civic Platform (PO) in an interview with Polskie Radio. “The new policies of PiS are a great example of political fiction,” he added. “It is not enough to present policies in such general terms, we need details, for example, how much will things cost and where is the government supposed to get the money from. When somebody is so sure of victory, like PiS, they ought to know the answers to these questions,” said Schetyna, deputy chairman of PO. When asked about the possible debate between PiS head Jarosław Kaczyński and PM Donald Tusk, he said, “This debate will not take place. I understand because Prime Minister Tusk wants to talk about facts, not fiction.” According to Schetyna, PiS will promise things that are impossible to realise and to verify. He said, “The debate between the Prime Minister and PiS chairman should be organised next year during the political campaign.” In addition, he stressed that the recent PiS party convention has shown that the election campaign had already begun. During the interview, Schetyna was also asked about his standing in the mayoral election in Wrocław. “I have never considered running for local elections, but this topic is now under discussion in Wrocław. Personally, I am very curious about its outcome. For the time being, I have not excluded this option. This topic, however, is now lively commented on by the media in Wrocław. But for the moment, I have a lot of work to do connected with the Foreign Affairs Committee and the forthcoming elections to the European Parliament,” said Schetyna.
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Lech Kaczyński Returns

September 4, 2013
Lech Kaczyński Returns

Controversy in Warsaw

“Your relationship lacks passion? Have an affair!” is the slogan to be found on billboards across Warsaw bearing a picture of Kaczyński. However, the biggest question surrounding the controversial billboards is which Kaczyński is it. Victoria Milan, a Scandinavian dating website, specialises in pairing up people who are already in relationships. In other words, it gives them a chance to have an affair. Now it wants to conquer the Polish market. The advertising campaign features billboards with a picture of one of the Kaczyński brothers in the company of a cat named Fiona. The presence of the cat might suggest that the picture shows Jarosław Kaczyński, whose love of cats is widely known, but if we look closely we can clearly see that the billboard actually shows his twin brother, Lech Kaczyński, who died in a plane crash near Smoleńsk. “I’m lost for words. This campaign was organised by people who use shameful methods in order to earn money,” says Jan Dziedziczak, a member of Law and Justice (PiS). “Coaxing people into cheating on their partners by using the image of the late President, a man with principles, is awful”. The controversy surrounding the campaign does not seem to bother its creators. “I’m in the middle of preparing a press release regarding the situation in Warsaw,” vaguely comments Sigur Vedal, the founder and head of Victoria Milan.
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No Smolensk Secrets

April 21, 2013
Never-ending Story

Never-ending Story

On Tuesday in Kielce, Antoni Macierewicz, the head of the parliamentary group on the Smolensk plane crash, assured MPs that information about three persons, who survived the crash, is true. He mentioned three independent sources. On Saturday, in Rybnik, he stressed that the Prosecutor’s Office did not fulfill its duties and found nothing. What is more, he added that the Prosecutor’s Office did not interrogate any paramedics or doctors. Macierewicz has therefore filed an official complaint. On Saturday Prosecutor Mateusz Martyniuk, press spokesman for the General Prosecutor’s Office, said that there is no evidence that anybody survived the Smolensk crash. He highlighted the fact that evidence which was collected on the spot as well as later examinations, did not confirm such a theory.

What is more, Colonel Zbigniew Rzepa, press spokesman of the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office, confirmed that material evidence, which was collected by the Military Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw, indicates that nobody survived. Rzepa said that the Military Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw has yet again asked Macierewicz’s group to make their documents available to them, which they have not done. On Saturday, Macierewicz said that both he as well as the experts of the parliamentary group would share all information with the Prosecutor’s Office. On Friday, Leszek Miller, head of SLD, said that if Mr Macierewicz possesses this type of information, he is required by law to disclose it because he might know something important. So if these people survived, where can they be? Perhaps they have been kidnapped, perhaps they came to a sorry end, chided Miller.
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Kaczyński – Pain & Hate

August 8, 2010
Former PM Criticises Kaczyński

Former PM Criticises Kaczyński

“It’s not the same Jarosław Kaczyński that I once knew. This one seems to be boiling over with emotion, pain and hate,” according to former Law and Justice (PiS) Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz. Another former Prime Minister, Leszek Miller, one-time Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) member, believes Jarosław Kaczyński’s recent comments concerning newly-elected President Komorowski have demostrated his “cold calculating politicking”. Kaczyński said President Komorowski won the election because of a “mistake” and Komorowski’s victory was a “direct consequence of the death of my brother”.
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The Trouble With Palikot

July 20, 2010

Has He Gone Too Far?

Has He Gone Too Far?

Janusz Palikot may have take a step too far. The PO (Civic Platform) politician may soon have to find a new party after his own party members decided to hold him accountable for the tasteless remarks he made about President Lech Kaczyński. The PO authorities will now decide whether or not Palikot should remain a member of their party. Filip Kaczmarek, a fellow PO member, has formally requested that Palikot be removed from Civic Platform after Palikot publicly called for an investigation to be undertaken as to whether Lech Kaczyński was under the influence of alcohol when he boarded the doomed Tupolev TU-154 flight that crashed in Smolensk. What is more, Palikot recently shocked members of Law and Justice (PiS) by stating that Przemysław Gosiewski (who also died in the Smolensk tragedy) is alive and well and was seen at a railway station fighting with some Russians who kidnapped him and are hiding him in Russia. Palikot has demanded that his remains be exhumed to check whether he in fact did die in Smolensk.
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If We Don’t Land, I’m Dead

July 14, 2010

New Evidence

New Evidence in Smolensk Disaster

The 24-hour TV station TVN24 claims that it has got its hands on a new transcript of the final words of the crew of the doomed Tupolev TU-154 which crashed near Smolensk on April 10th 2010 killing the Polish President, his wife and 94 other passengers. According to TVN24, at 8:38 the pilot of the aircraft, Arkadiusz Protasiuk, says, “If we don’t land, he’ll kill me”. At approximately the same time another unidentified member of the cabin crew says, “He’ll get annoyed, if we don’t… [unidentified word]“.

New Evidence, New Transcript

New Evidence, New Transcript

This casts a shadow over supporters of Lech Kaczyński who were convinced the President would never pressure the pilot into landing under such poor weather conditions.  TVN24 has not yet revealed its sources. By a happy coincidence, the TVN24 announcement comes the very same day that Jarosław Kaczyński decided to do away with his ‘mild manner’ (put to use so effectively in his failed presidential campaign) and is now strongly criticising the government for the way it handled the Smolensk tragedy and the death of his brother.
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Kaczyński’s Popularity On The Rise

June 10, 2010
Happy At Last

Happy At Last

Bronislaw Komorowski is still in the lead but the margin of his potential victory is steadily declining as Jaroslaw Kaczyński  refuses to let up. If the presidential elections were to be held at the beginning of June, Komorowski would emerge victorious with a fairly comfortable lead of 50% of votes to Kaczyński’s 38% in the first round. If a second round were necessary, Komorowski would also win – 58% to Kaczyński’s 42%. The support for the Civic Platform (PO) candidate has been steady over the past month, at 50%, while Kaczyński’s has gone up 5%, from 30% in May. Second round estimates also show Komorowski as the leader but Kaczyński is clearly gaining on his political adversary.

It is apparent that the majority of Poles have decided that in the race for the presidency only Komorowski and Kaczyński are worthy of their vote: the two main contenders can count on the support of nearly 90% of the population. Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) candidate Napieralski can expect a mere 5% while others, including Olechowski, a maximum of 2% each. In round 2, Komorowski is likely to receive all the votes of Olechowski and Napieralski while Kaczyński can expect to receive the backing of those who favour Marek Jurek, Korwin-Mikke and Ziętek. According to sociologists, the above results show that in spite of the exhausting influence of the Smoleńsk tragedy and the flood the campaign is dynamic and that anything is possible: both Komorowski’s first-round victory and Kaczyński’s continuing upward trend may ultimately result in his surpassing his opponent and pulling off a last-minute upset. Kaczyński’s gaining in the polls is attributed to the fact that he has been very active recently and seems to have a clearly-defined vision for Poland while Komorowski does not. The PO camp is nonetheless confident that their candidate will maintain his lead and prove his mettle when it counts the most – during the election itself.
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We Believe In Wałęsa

June 8, 2010

Faith in Wałęsa

Faith in Wałęsa

Polish people are finally beginning to appreciate what happened in 1989. In 2004 most Poles believed that the political transformation had done more harm than good for the country.  Now Polish people no longer feel that way. With the 30th anniversary of Solidarity fast-approaching, CBOS and the European Solidarity Centre recently conducted a survey on the way Poles feel about 1989 and which opposition leaders are now seen as authority figures. In the ‘authority figure’ category Lech Wałęsa was the unanimous winner and received 47% of the votes. The survey confirms research CBOS had completed earlier concerning the politicians that Polish people trust the most (in which Wałęsa regularly tops the list). Second place belongs to Jacek Kuroń while the first non-Communist prime minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki came in third. Lech Kaczyński received a mere 2%.

38% of those polled are certain that communism in the entire Eastern bloc would not have come to an end if it had not been for the political upheaval in Poland while 44% believe that the events in Poland accelerated the death of communism. Since the early 1990s, most Poles considered the political transformation beneficial for the country’s well being, currently 83% believe this to be the case. When asked: “Did you gain or lose more from the system change?” about half replied that they neither lost or gained anything while 24% proclaimed themselves “winners”. Which social groups benefited, which didn’t? The following clearly profited: entrepreneurs, politicians and the wealthy, those who take the initiative and the well-educated. The lives of pensioners and the poorly-educated seemed to have changed for the worse. Why is it that a huge majority accept the change of the political system while fewer praise the effects of the transformation? A sociologist explains that “many people are slightly disappointed with the fact that their lives have not turned out to be as happy and successful as they expected, the Poland of today is a far cry from the country they were fighting for”.
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