Final Word from Thursday, May 24, 2012

Liberal democracy is such a broad concept that it can be used to promote anything in politics that is normally found in Western democratic countries. A liberal-democratic party can be for greater taxation or less, traditionalism or progressivism, increased paternalism or greater individual responsibility. When she left VV to found a new liberal-democratic party, to be called LIDEM, Karolína Peake said that she liked the political agenda of her old party, VV, but not its way of doing things. Now VV and LIDEM disagree on a few key items, such as higher VAT, the tax on non-sparkling wine and church restitution. It's still not clear what LIDEM stands for. Except for providing the votes ODS and TOP 09 need to do what they want. In this respect, LIDEM might be closest in raison d'être to Vladimir Zhirinovsky's Liberal Democratic Party of Russia. It's there mainly to vote the Kremlin line and to add some spice to politics.[Czech Republic Věci veřejné]

Glossary of difficult words

progressivism - a political philosophy favoring social, political or economic reform that is usually in opposition to conservative or traditional ideologies;

line - position, policy;

spice - excitement, interest.


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