Final Word from Wednesday, May 27, 2015

In the latest episode of Game of Thrones, the devious Queen Mother Cersei is thrown into a dungeon by a religious zealot not so unlike Senior Olomouc State Prosecutor Ivo Ištvan. The arrest is a major plot twist, because it was always Cersei who excelled at exploiting the sins of her rivals. The revelation of her own immoral acts now threatens to bring her down. In the real world, harsh words were used in Parliament yesterday to enumerate the sins of Andrej Babiš as finance minister and owner of Agrofert, the harshest of which related to his alleged abuses of power. Ex-PM Mirek Topolánek also spoke in detail about this recently on OVM. If true, Babiš's crimes are at least as serious as those of Jana Nagyová, who now faces a show trial. Politically, it would be delicate for Išvtan to have Babiš arrested, not least of all because the devious Babiš could very well use his incarceration to propel himself to a huge victory in the next elections. [Czech Republic Nečasová]

Glossary of difficult words

devious - showing a skillful use of underhanded tactics to achieve goals;

queen mother - the widow of a king and mother of a reigning king or queen;

dungeon - a strong underground prison cell, esp. in a castle;

zealot - a person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of his or her religious, political or other ideals;

plot twist - a radical change in the expected direction or outcome of the plot of a novel, film, etc.;

to excel at - to be exceptionally good at an activity or subject;

to enumerate - to mention (one by one) a number of things;

incarceration - imprisonment;

to propel - to spur or drive into a particular situation.

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