The unnecessary talk of distrust in the government is just a prelude to the elections

Votes of no confidence during the Czech presidency of the EU Council are particularly popular. As part of the previous one in 2009, no confidence was really expressed for the first and last time, and it surprised everyone at the time, including Jiří Paroubek, who initiated the vote. He was so shocked that he never recovered and this “success” was ultimately the beginning of the end for him in politics.

This time, too, the no-confidence vote for the head of the opposition, Andrej Babiš, is a welcome opportunity to draw attention to himself before the upcoming municipal elections, which await us in three weeks. And let’s not forget that Babiš is still considering a presidential candidacy, although rumors are already circulating in Prague that he does not dare to run for it.

But compared to the vote thirteen years ago, Babiš’s effort has no hope of success. The current coalition has a comfortable majority, and even the Pirates, who joined Babiš’s criticism of the appointment of Petr Mlejenko as head of intelligence, refused to speak out against the government. There is no longer any reason when Mlejnek himself resigned. Even energy prices, which Babiš named among the reasons justifying the vote against the government, are no longer rising, but on the contrary have fallen.

So the whole reason for the show was gone before it even started. Which is typical for a vote of no confidence. As well as the questionable acting of the main actors. Although Babiš took to the parliamentary desk with vigor, he soon ran out of juice just as he was talking about the energy armageddon. He babbled nonsensically about the fact that he was “raising the price of beer that belongs to a Japanese company”, and his speech also included “gender toilets”, which are said to be evidence of the loss of our sovereignty.

He also fully enjoyed his immunity, which gives him the right to say whatever he wants behind the lectern of Parliament. According to him, Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan is a “representative of organized crime”, Petr Mlejnek is a “corrupter” and STAN is a “corrupt gang of robbers”. If a “normal mortal” without an entrance card to the House of Commons said this, he would end up in court.

Prime Minister Petr Fiala, in turn, began to defend himself by reading potato price tags, until it looked as if the last promotional leaflet of the retail chain had arrived in the Chamber of Deputies. Nothing stupid came out of the two politicians, although they both spoke for more than an hour. At the same time, the most important thing that politicians should devote time to right now was marginal during the entire session of the Chamber. And that is the question of how the Czechia will survive the coming winter. Especially with such a Minister of Industry and Trade, who is used to not communicating with businessmen, political colleagues and the public, and presents his legislative proposals in the form of unfinished sentences with typos.

Tyjatr with a vote of no confidence just overshadows the solution to the problems. At the same time, its activation is very simple, which explains its popularity among the opposition. Only fifty MPs are needed to call a vote. A higher quorum could prevent the abuse of this institution in the future, but to change the constitution, 120 deputies and a three-fifths majority of the senators present must be obtained.


The article is in Czech

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