Final Word from Monday, August 20, 2012

It's hard to pinpoint when Karel Schwarzenberg's credibility reached the point of no return, but it was perhaps when he nearly fell off his chair during David Rath's televised speech to Parliament. It would normally be ill-bred to kick such an erstwhile idol when he is down, but Schwarzenberg remains vice PM, foreign minister and chief Kalousek apologist, so all criticism is fair game. It's the overpriced IT contracts at his ministry that are the latest subject of concern. Schwarzenberg has devoted nearly as much attention to Pussy Riot as to his ministry's own corruption scandal. It might be possible to accept the excuse that the "system is broken" if the whistleblower in the matter hadn't been threatened on the street by a Russian-accented man, but the slightest chance that the foreign ministry's IT system is being messed with by the Russian mafia or Russian spies should be enough to wake up even Schwarzenberg.[Czech Republic information technology Jakub Klouzal]

Glossary of difficult words

sleepyhead - a sleepy or inattentive person;

pinpoint - to find or locate exactly;

ill-bred - badly brought up or rude;

erstwhile - former;

apologist - a person who offers an argument in defense of something controversial;

fair game - a person or thing that is considered a reasonable target for criticism, exploitation or attack.


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