Final Word from Tuesday, December 20, 2016

ČSSD sees itself as one of the saviors of Europe and defenders of its values. Which European value was ČSSD defending, though, when it convinced the Supreme Court to ignore a binding judgment ordering it to pay Kč 338m to lawyer Zdeněk Altner? How did ČSSD convince a court to rule in the Škoda Transportation-Czech Railways case that arbitration clauses supersede the judicial system even when criminal intent might be involved? Where is it written in the European values book that offering a low price is unacceptable, as the SŽDC rail-line company found when it gave a higher-priced deal to a ČSSD-friendly builder? Will David Rath, our Person of the Year, become a spokesman for European values after convincing Prague Superior Court to disallow wiretaps that caught him red-handed? ČSSD spin doctor Miloš Růžička is "afraid" floods of people will now suffer Rath's fate and be exonerated. He shouldn't worry, unless the people are linked to ČSSD. [Czech Republic railroad legal Bison & Rose]

Glossary of difficult words

(legally) binding - (of an agreement or promise) involving an obligation that cannot be broken;

to supersede - to annul, make void or repeal by taking the place of;

red-handed - in the act;

spin doctor - a spokesperson employed to give a favorable interpretation of events to the media, esp. on behalf of a political party;

to exonerate - to absolve (someone) from blame for a fault or wrongdoing.

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