Final Word from Thursday, December 17, 2015

If there was a Darth Vader of Czech business and politics this year, it was lawyer Radek Pokorný. He might have had strong competition on the Dark Side from Andrej Babiš, Zdeněk Bakala, Petr Kellner, Bohuslav Sobotka, Miloš Zeman and a few others, but no one so symbolized the behind-the-scenes abuses of power that come from being the best friend of the PM, a cog of a main political party, and a lobbyist with private and political interests everywhere. With Babiš, many of the abuses are published directly in the Collection of Laws for everyone to see. Pokorný essentially runs the PM but operates with minimal public oversight. Worst of all, he has enlisted an array of institutions to help him cover up and justify his evil deeds, including the PM's office, Agrarian Chamber, Arbitration Court, Bison & Rose, Chamber of Public Contract Administrators, Czech Chamber of Commerce, ČEZ, Economia publishers, EY, ÚOHS antitrust office, Weinhold Legal and of course ČSSD itself. May the force to break this chain be with all of those involved in 2016. [Czech Republic Wagner prime minister]

Glossary of difficult words

cog - a tooth on the rim of a wheel or gear; a subordinate but integral person or part;

to enlist - to recruit or engage (a person or his or her help or support);

array - an impressive display or range of a particular type of thing;

May the Force be with you - (from Star Wars) a phrase used to wish an individual or group good luck or good will.

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