If one adheres to the most famous election slogan in history: “It’s the economy, stupid!” – and I certainly do – then one has to see that we are now sailing in a ship of fools and the steering wheel is held by those who are now fighting for power – writes President of Employers of Poland writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.
He emphasizes that many European governments are trying to figure out the future of European economy, the appropriate extent of the interventions of international financial institutions and the ways to maintain production in their countries. – These are the banal, everyday debates going on in neighbouring countries. But not here! In Poland, the closer we get to the election, the more serious the topics discussed – key for millions of families and hundreds of thousands of companies. We have recently had a discussion on refugees and immigrants, conducted in a manner representative of our media and politicians. Some thought they were going to introduce sharia law and rape all our women, others that they were a blessing, and the more we accept, the better for our cultural development. Apparently, after some time the refugees have lost their importance, as the media and politicians seem to have lost interest in them – he writes.
Malinowski bitterly remarks that this topic has been replaced with issues of fundamental importance, such as the availability of sweet buns in schools. – Apparently, the economy and its problems are far too prosaic. It was briefly mentioned when PiS and PO held their conventions, but everyone got fed up rather quickly. Who cares about minutiae such as the binning of the so-called Entrepreneurs’ Constitution, which has an impact on such trivial things as employment, industrial production, growth, budget, social justice? Instead, we have an auction on who will provide the highest minimum wage – 12, 13 or 15 PLN per hour – opines Malinowski.
– Recently, I saw a news service, which aptly illustrated what is important today – on this ship of fools steered into the unknown. A material on the lowest unemployment rate in years lasted no more than 30 seconds. By contrast, a report on a girl who cannot stop sneezing lasted several minutes. Bless you! – he concludes.