Final Word from Thursday, August 24, 2017



Oligarchs, mini-godfathers and bureau-cretins thought they had it made, but they're having to rethink the utility of the democratic system. It just isn't working out the way they expected. What good is it if you can't even bribe prime ministers of Balkan countries anymore (ČEZ)? Who needs a judicial system if it won't let you run over a migrant (Janoušek)? Only the Prague café society thinks you need experience to build hydroelectric plants in Kyrgyzstan (Liglass Castle Trading). We keep telling the eco-terrorists that it's not a public square if it already has a garage under it (J&T). I never owned Stork's Nest, and my StB handlers will prove it in court (Babiš). From small things, big things grow, but it's going to take a little more Chinese and Russian money (PPF). It's high time for our branch of the military-financial-property-medical-industrial complex to get to choose the president (Penta). "You say autocracy, I say plutocracy, let's call this whole democracy thing off." [Czech Republic InterContinental Právo Andrej Roman]

Glossary of difficult words

to call off - to cancel or abandon; today's edition is inspired by the song, "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off";

bureau-cretins - nasty bureaucrats (not a common word);

to have it made - to be in a position where success is certain;

utility - the state of being useful, profitable, or beneficial;

handler - a person who directs the activities of a spy or other freelance agent;

plutocracy - government by the wealth.

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