Final Word from Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Poor Vlasta Parkanová! She tried so hard not to be just another pretty face in politics (her words), and now she risks being just another run-of-the-mill citizen subject to the same laws as everyone else. Where did things go wrong? She clearly got in with the wrong crowd. Part of her problem is that the Kalousek-Háva- Kopřiva-Barták defense alliance decided to buy CASA transport planes that the army didn't want. The 18% cut for themselves wouldn't have otherwise been such an issue. It's the same with the Pendolinos and the Opencard. These contracts all grew out of the desire to steal, not out of the need for the product. Changing times require a new paradigm. A new breed of politicians will come forth (if they aren't already among us) who realize that the needs of the people and the country must come first! No more buying superfluous items! And then when they take their 10% cut, no one will notice.[Czech Republic Miroslav Richard Jaroslav Martin]

Glossary of difficult words

appropriation - the action of taking something for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission; a sum of money devoted to a special purpose;

run-of-the-mill - ordinary; lacking unusual or special aspects;

to get in with (someone) - to become friendly with (someone), usually to gain an advantage;

cut - share; percentage;

breed - a sort or kind of person or thing;

superfluous - unnecessary, esp. through being more than enough.


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