Final Word from Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ex-Finance Min. Miroslav Kalousek's recent interview about his sale of ČSA Cargo to a buyer with unknown owners is an instant classic. Some excerpts: "Of course I see it as a problem. That, that, uh, uh. Not that I don't see it as a problem. That we (TOP 09) came to the opinion that the state must deal only with people with a clear ownership structure, uh, is of course something we gradually arrived at and something I stand by." When asked when his view changed, he said it didn't. "I always thought this," he said. "I don't see the sale [of ČSA Cargo] in and of itself as a problem," he added. "What I see as a problem are contracts to companies with an intransparent structure." So, in retrospect, would he now object to the sale of ČSA Cargo in this way? "I must admit," he said, "that this concrete situation wouldn't bother me." Nor, presumably his good friend Richard Háva, who is widely believed to be the lucky new owner.[Czech Republic Omnipol Czech Airlines ministry minister]

Glossary of difficult words

to give someone the run-around - to refuse to tell someone something he needs to know or to otherwise act in a way that makes it difficult for someone to achieve something;

excerpt - a short extract from a film or piece of writing;

to arrive at something - to reach (a conclusion or decision);

Richard Háva - presumed owner of Omnipol arms-trading company.


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