Final Word from Monday, January 11, 2016

The coalition should know by now that it's dangerous to let First Dep. House Speaker Jaroslava Jermanová of ANO venture far from her perch in Parliament. She told Czech TV on Fri. night that she will submit a proposal for changing the rules of order in Parliament, because the country has developed, and the rules don't reflect the current situation. She was referring to the filibustering in the matter of the EET online sales-reporting system. The coalition intends to put an end to the obstruction later this month by setting a fixed time for a final vote. Jermanová left herself wide open to the question of why she plans an amendment if the current rules allow debate on EET to be cut off. The coalition is clearly hoping that the Constitutional Court won't consider this one violation of the law to be so egregious. Yet isn't it the police who should decide now whether conspiring to violate the law of the land is a premeditated criminal offense? [Czech Republic deputy Television]

Glossary of difficult words

to venture - to set out, go or travel;

perch - a place where someone or something rests or sits, esp. a place that is high or precarious;

filibuster - an action such as a prolonged speech that obstructs progress in a legislative assembly while not technically contravening the required procedures;

egregious - outstandingly bad; shocking; intolerable;

premeditated - thought-out or planned beforehand.

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