Society will be a single factory and a single office with equal working time and equal pay. The older ones among you may remember this slogan from school. The younger ones could have come across it in TV series on the bolshevik revolution. It appears that ideas for nationalizing the economy recur like a bad dream. Today, one of them is to be implemented as part of the amendment to the Public Procurement Act – President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.
– It seemed that we had a degree of consensus as to the fact that the growth of small and medium-sized entrepreneurs facilitates social and economic growth. The exceptional entrepreneurial skills of Poles are constantly praised by politicians if all options. Sadly, it seems that is only mentioned to be stifled in the silence of government offices – he remarks.
In his opinion, entrepreneurship would be stifled by the implementation of the drafted amendment to the Public Procurement Act – although no high-ranking official would use the term “nationalization”.
– In our country, nationalization goes on quietly. The point is not to increase the percentage of state-owned stakes in the ownership structure, but simply the purging of private entrepreneurship by the state. This is nationalization understood as defined by Hilary Minc, nemesis of trade and creator of permanent queues in shops – assesses Malinowski.
– This time, nationalization is to be disguised under the proud name of “in-house”. Meaning the fact that particular services and goods are provided within the framework of a single entity. The problem is that in this case, the entity in question is the state – just like Lenin wanted – explains the President of Employers of Poland. – According to the in-house principle, everything stays, unsurprisingly, at home or – as the Corleones used to say – in the family. Cui bono – who will benefit from that? Presidents of rural and urban municipalities, voivodes. The public sector will grow. What will the drawbacks be? Everything you can imagine: nepotism, corruption, bureaucracy, bankruptcies of private companies, increased unemployment, lower efficiency, higher costs – at the end of the day, the priceswill be higher for everyone. Someone will have to pay for this – he adds.
Malinowski stresses that such changes cannot be explained by EU directives, as decisions in this regard are left to the member states. He also reminds that the common position of employers and employees in the Social Dialog Council has not changed the government’s attitude towards the problem, despite earlier declarations that it would be taken into consideration.
– As it transpires, predilections for planned economy are exhibited also by politicians who are the quickest to declaratively denounce its past iterations. Therefore I urge the authors of this idea: if you are determined to nationalize, do not muddy the picture with declarations of your commitment to growth: the two concepts are mutually exclusive! – concludes the President of Employers of Poland.