The proverb stating that scrooges lose twice clearly does not apply to the embarrassingly low wages of high-ranking Polish officials. In this case, the losses are exponentially higher than the intended savings – President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.
In his opinion, hardly anybody has the courage to openly state that it is in the interest of all for ministers to earn as much as ministers should – after all, we are talking about people who make decisions about key aspects of a state with almost 40 million inhabitants. – If Poles elected these people, entrusting them with enormous responsibility, they should also be prepared to pay them wages that reflect that. This is a question of basic honesty and accountability – he assesses.
– Early this year, in this very daily, I urged the government which is now stepping down not to confuse an inexpensive state with a cheap state. It did not work. Therefore, I would like to urge the new government – do show that you care for us and increase your wages.(…) We need the best ministers we can have, and not only those who are motivated solely by idealism, particularly as there are not many such people – adds the President of Employers of Poland.
In Malinowski’s opinion, in the times we are living in money is important also for building an image and a position, both of particular people and the state. – I do not demand that Polish politicians leave gold in their wake, as the famous XVII century Polish delegations apparently did. Today, ostentatious luxury is associated with Third World countries and their inferiority complex. However, parsimony and unnecessary savings are a symptom of a lack of resourcefulness, cowardice and backwardness – concludes Malinowski.