Final Word from Monday, April 11, 2016

Media attention has been targeted in recent weeks mainly at the legal excesses of Andrej Babiš, esp. in terms of the steamrolling through Parliament of EET and his evasive Stork's Nest speech, but there's a good case for arguing that ČSSD is setting the worse example in terms of how Czechs should behave in their private lives. Just hours after Bohuslav Sobotka said that his party would respect the court ruling in the Zdeněk Altner matter, ČSSD changed its mind and started trying to wiggle out of it. Milan Chovanec is trying something similar in terms of shirking responsibility for the forceful removal of Tibetan flags by the police. This behavior is reminiscent of the way Sobotka completely bungled the internal ČSSD referendum but refused to take responsibility for it. ČSSD prides itself on being the oldest political party in the CR, and it is also the senior coalition partner. As such, it shouldn't be trying to beat Babiš at his own game. [Czech Republic headquarters online sales reporting system farm ANO]

Glossary of difficult words

to streamroll/steamroller - (of a government or other authority) forcibly to pass (a measure) by restricting debate or otherwise overriding opposition; 

evasive - tending to avoid commitment or self-revelation, esp. by responding only indirectly; 

to wiggle out of something - to avoid something, esp. by devious means; 

to shirk - to avoid or neglect (a duty or responsibility); 

to bungle - to carry out (a task) clumsily or incompetently, leading to failure or an unsatisfactory outcome; 

to beat someone at his own game - to use to ​your own ​advantage the ​methods by which someone ​else has ​tried to ​defeat you.

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