In the previous post, I mentioned why Poles may feel worried by what is going on in their country. We looked at three reasons for this feeling of uneasiness: political zeal, intolerance and lack of integrity. In this post, we look at the final two.
Fourthly (political instability), after over a week of uncertainty, Poland’s Sejm chose a new speaker of the House. Marek Jurek resigned in a huff annoyed that his pet project to tighten anti-abortion laws was not passed. He was also miffed at the fact Jarosław Kaczyński et al did not show him their full support in – what he believed to be – the most important moral battle in the history of modern Poland. In his place comes Ludwik Dorn, a controversial figure who is disliked, although respected, by opposition politicians. He is famed for his eloquence and sharp wit, but is also known for his inability to bring people together and guilty of dividing opinion – a dangerous quality for the Speaker of the House. He is also the man that coined the term wykształciuchy and has shown hostility recently to Poland’s academics. Poland’s lack of political stability and the country’s political divisions have long been the cause of both stagnation and petty conflict. We shall see whether the new Speaker can bring an element of calm to the disorder
Fifthly and lastly (non-diplomacy), Poland’s government seem to be continually embroiled in some ever-growing absurd political saga. It became clear that the government was unable to deal with the art of diplomacy with Law and Justice (PiS) aimlessly hopping from political incident to political incident. First we had the so-called potato crisis in which Lech Kaczyński was likened to a potato, then we had the energy crisis which did not do much to endear Poland to the EU, soon after came the Russian meat ban crisis. Not all these problems were directly caused by Poland’s government, for example, the Auschwitz problem or the Prussian claims problem but one can’t help thinking that the government should invest more time in tact and diplomacy. We are now witnessing a more sinister crisis concerning the Anti-Missile Shield which some believe could re-ignite the ferocities of the Cold War. Add to that recent unrest in Estonia and Poland’s support of the Estonian government and we could be facing an international impasse. Let us hope and pray Russia’s increasing belligerence can be curbed.
However, what is most important for Poles is the feeling of security and stability after so many years of pain, strife and division. The power of diplomacy and unity has never been so important.