Friday, October 06, 2006

Polish coalition of desperation

Poland's political parties are scrambling to form a coalition so that they do not have to face early elections. Public dissatisfaction with the Polish political parties that have controlled Poland's government to date is such that unless they form a coalition to stave off elections they are likely to be eliminated from participation in the Polish Parliament should new elections be held. Press conferences held today in Poland show just how desperate some of the parties are.

The current political polls indicate that if new elections were to be held now, the opposition party Civic Platform would likely win enough seats in the Polish Parliament to have a voting majority. The ruling coalition party now, Law and Justice, would be relegated to a minority position. All the other parties would either not be returned to the Polish Parliament or would be returned with extremely small margins.

Andrej Lepper ,of Samoobrona, announced today at a press conference that he was ready to go back into coalition with the Law and Justice Party and League of Polish Families. He held the press conference in conjunction with Roman Giertych of the League of Polish Families who publicly implored the Law and Justice Party to readmit Samoobrona to the coalition.

But the Law and Justice Party, officially not in negotiations with PSL, stated that it would not take Samoobrona back into coalition. And it indicated that perhaps by the middle of next week a new coalition would be formed with PSL and some dissident members of the Samoobrona.

Over 70 percent of the people polled in Poland this week expressed dissatisfaction with the Polish Government's attack on the Polish television station TVN for its role in exposing alleged political corruption on the part of the Law and Justice Party

This dissatisfaction has rolled over into a general dissatisfaction with the Government and a drop in the popularity of the Law and Justice Party. The Law and Justice Party now sees that it must put together some coalition or be shoved aside in new elections.

As it is with politics in general, Polish political decisions are a matter of preserving one's own self interest and the benefits one gets by being a member of parliament. So the Law and Justice Party and the other parties who would be hurt in new elections are desperate enough that to stay in power they will negotiate with people with whom they have been fighting for months.

They are driven by the inspiration of desperation and little more. Should a coalition be formed, as one can safely bet it will be, it can aptly be named the "Coalition of Desperation."