Polish Election Campaign Update

Dirty politics is in 5th gear in the lead up to the October 21st parliamentary elections in Poland

The Left
Former President Aleksander Kwasniewski, who has been campaigning for the Left and Democrats (Lewica i Democraci, LiD) coalition, has announced that he will be reducing his role as the face of the left in the election campaign. After an embarrassing incident in the Ukraine last month, where he drunkenly slurred his way through a public address to students, he repeated the faux-pas earlier this week with another performance that showed him under the influence. He claimed he is suffering from a tropical disease and is on heavy medication which automatically transform phrases like: 'The Polish economy needs to be less liberalised' to 'What the bloody F#*^ are ya yapping on about Kaczynski, ya filthy little c*~?'

The Government
Meanwhile, the Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska, PO) main opposition party have released a report claiming that the government party and election poll toppers Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc, PiS) financially gained by attaining State assets in the early 90's at relatively little or no cost.

The Warsaw Voice quote the PO report saying "in opposition to his declared public views and political slogans, in which he {Prime Minister, Jaroslaw Kaczynski} rails against [business] oligarchs who achieved great wealth by [cheaply] acquiring state assets, created an arrangement with his [Fundacja Prasowa Solidarnosc - Press Solidarity Foundation] which turns out to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the economic transformation [following the fall of communism]."

Claims PiS are guilty of hypocrisy may have a positive impact on turning off some voters from using their ballot paper to vote for the conservative-nationalists who have ruled Poland for the past 2 years.

The Opposition
PiS countered these allegations with their own handful of muck. They claim not all of the finances gained from the sale of books by PO leader Donald Tusk's "Dar Gdanska" foundation went to help abused children.

MP's from PiS claim Tusk acted in a "morally reprensible" way for taking profits from a charitable foundation he created and claimed were benefiting fully from their activities.

Tusk responded by saying that the accusations were "disgusting, prepared attacks of ill-will."

The Conclusion
The mudslinging machine is on overdrive over here in Poland and all political parties are covered in a mountain of shit.


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