Yesterday our Czech correspondent Lugundum wrote about the Civic Democratic Party (Obcanská demokratická strana, or ODS), and the possibility that it might force the submission of the Treaty of Lisbon to a referendum in the Czech Republic.
Lugundum wrote me back this morning to clarify matters and elaborate on the role that ODS plays in Czech politics. He warns that no one should expect the party to act heroically with respect to the EU or any other important political issue:
Thanks for posting my notes and thanks for your hard work. However judging from the only reaction to that article I do worry that your readers and possibly even you misunderstood my message. I do worry that people believe that ODS (Civic Democrats) are ‘heroes’. They are not — they are chiefly villains. Please judge for yourselves:
a) The ODS/government strongly supports Turkey’s bid for EU membership. Recently Erdogan has visited Prague and been granted ‘full support’.
One of the staunchest supporters of this bid is Mr. Zahradil, the head of the ODS Euro-deputies. This gentleman is supposed to be the leader of the ‘Eurosceptic’ faction of ODS. Thank you very much, but I’m not buying it. My personal feeling from the ramblings he is posting on his website is that he is obsessed with a hatred against Christians.
b) ODS is responsible for the unprecedented mass immigration into the Czech Republic. For the first three quarters of the year 2007 almost 53,000 immigrants moved to the Czech Republic (net legal immigration — please note my stress on the fact that this a net number concerning only legal immigrants) according to the central statistics office. This is as twice as much as during the same period of the previous year (2006) and it means that the Czech Republic immigration rate is roughly twice as high as that of the USA, and equal to that of Canada. ODS ministers (particularly Mr. Necas, minister for social affairs) stated that CZ needs far more immigration, and that in the year 2008 we should expect far more immigrants. That could well make CZ into the country with the highest immigration rate in the world.
Statistics (Excel spreadsheet) for the first three quarters of the year 2006: 27,082 immigrants
Statistics (Excel spreadsheet) for the first three quarters of the year 2007: 52,376 immigrants
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ODS is disguising their stance by a ‘tough stand’ on immigration combating the ‘scam marriages’ (that affect roughly 200 people in the CZ). Please compare that number with 53,000 immigrants in 9 months of the previous year.
c) Let us take a closer look at the prime minister, Mr. Topolanek:
He cheated on his own wife (mother of three) with a female ODS deputy. She gave a birth to a son they named Nicolas. Please note that the Czech version of name Nicolas is ‘Mikuláš’ but they used English version of the name. This is extremely uncommon in the Czech Republic. After all even the Americans of German ancestry are naming their sons for example ‘John’ and not ‘Hans’. I personally believe that this expresses their low regard for the Czech people generally.
Another point: Mr. Topolanek himself slurred Czechs by his statement that Czechs “can s**t themselves” in certain situations:
…Especially if the rubbing is done by their own prime minister. Mirek Topolanek, not known for shying away from a feisty phrase, said that most Czechs don’t agree with his view that they live in a time of relative wealth and prosperity, adding: “Czechs usually see everything negatively and when it comes to the crunch, they fill their trousers.”
A Czech nationalist party has filed a criminal complaint against Topolanek, arguing that they are not trouser-fillers, pointing out the many heroic deeds of the Czech nation.
And please see what the high-scale immigration scam looks like in the Czech Republic.
If they are missing workers they should offer higher salaries. It is quite normal in a healthy economy that entrepreneurs strive to find capable employees via higher salaries. If you are not a capable entrepreneur look for a different job you can do, and do not try to go into human trade business.
Please note how well the immigration stance of ODS correlates with the business interests’ obsession with cheap labor. This is the explanation why there is such immigration in the Czech Republic. But by importing people as a trade good and setting them against each other you are losing perspective for your society.
And the last aspect of the situation: you can read about the scandal of the previous Social Democratic prime minister who was involved in privatization of public companies in the Czech Republic during his reign.
I have a strange feeling that because of their handling of the immigration issue, ODS ministers will also be very rich persons in the not so distant future. A luxurious villa on Mauritius, anyone?
However, every cloud has a silver lining. There is a small party in the Czech Republic trying to walk the path of Sweden Democrats and Vlaams Belang, Národní strana or National Party in English.
Let us hope they will succeed.