My old friend Neill Harvey-Smith is crowing about the Polish Election result, and above all about the removal from Parliament of the League of Polish Families (LPR), which got its big break in 2001 by advocating the following 10 points, kindly set out by NHS (as everyone calls him):
1) defence of Polish sovereignty; 2) defence of national production, trade and services; 3) reduction of bureaucracy; 4) improving the administration of justice through electing judges; 5) limiting the inflow of foreign capital; 6) creating a dozen national concerns forming the “commanding heights” of the economy; 7) making it easier for small businesses to flourish; 8) changing agreements with the EU to ensure balanced trade; 9) diversion of national currency reserves into structural investments; 10) introduction of anti-dumping duty on foreign food imports.
10 points of dementure, obviously...
So instead, the Civic Platform, rabidly neoliberal economically and (as if the old Law and Justice lot were not bad enough on this score) neoconservative geopolitically, is to go into coalition with the re-named, tellingly pro-EU, old Communist Party and a glorified pressure group for EU farm subsidies, effectively an EU-bankrolled party.
Which is much better.