Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło responded to the “tantrum” being thrown by the opposition in reaction to the ruling party’s reforms of the judiciary: “We will proceed as promised.”
Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this article from the Catholic news site Gość Niedzielny:
Beata Szydło delivered a message. It defended the reform of the judiciary.
July 20, 2017
“The aggression and frustration of the elite of the Third Republic of Poland will not stop the remedial processes that put more money from economic growth into the pockets of ordinary Poles,” said Beata Szydło in the national television message.
On Thursday evening the prime minister referred to parliamentary work on the judiciary reforms.
“We know that they [the courts] function badly, so we are responding to the widespread expectation of Poles who want the courts to act efficiently and honestly.
“Today that’s not the case. There is no democratic control over the judicial branch. We want to introduce it, as is the case in Western European countries: Germany, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Holland or Belgium,” said Szydło.
“The atmosphere that prevails over the reform of the judiciary may cause your anxiety,” said Prime Minister Szydło in a televised address to Poles.
According to her, the fights depicted in the media are provoked by the opposition, which today is called “total”. “In the former government, these same politicians argued that they represent the rational and non-conflicting side of the political scene,” emphasized the prime minister.
“When the Polish people removed them from power, they showed their true face: anarchy, aggression, bullying, and provocation instead of a substantive debate, a taking away of microphones, switching off the lights [referring to real situations, where the opposition was childishly trying to silence conservative MPs], street protests and denunciations abroad [Ryszard Petru from Nowoczesna],” said the head of government. “This is a manifestation of arrogance and detachment from the problems of ordinary citizens, “ she continued.
As she emphasized, Poles want justice in society. “Temida [the Greek goddess of justice] is said to be blind; her covered eyes symbolize equality before the law. In Poland, until now, Temida had only one eye covered, and she rarely saw crimes committed by the powerful. And the weak couldn’t always count on justice,” she pointed out.
In her speech, the head of government emphasized that most judges work honestly. “But the public’s opinion of them is spoiled by many examples of pathologies in an environment that cannot cleanse itself. And opposition politicians who today shout the loudest, didn’t do anything about it when they were in charge,” she said.
“We are a responsible government. When we promise something to our citizens, we want to keep our promise. We have a vision of changes, so the work is fast and decisive, and we will not be put off by the pressure from the Polish and from foreign defenders of the interests of the elites,” she declared.
As Szydło said, PiS [Law and Justice, the ruling party] went into the election with a message repairing the state. She affirmed that Polish issues are going in the right direction and that Poles feel safe.
“As prime minister, I have the responsibility to assure you that the aggression and frustration of the elites of the Third Republic of Poland do not stop the remedial processes, because thanks to those processes more money from economic growth goes into the pockets of ordinary Poles,” the prime minister said.
“The opposition is throwing a tantrum today, so I appeal to reason and responsibility,” she said. “And I want to assure you that the reforms you expect will come into force,” stressed Szydło.
She reminded them that at Sunday’s demonstration, opposition politicians displayed the inscription on the wall of the Supreme Court: ‘This is our court’. “Law and Justice is reforming the courts so they will work well and honestly, and serve all the Polish people,” concluded the prime minister.