The lighting quick push for reform by the Law and Justice party (PiS) after eight years of center-right rule has taken a heavy toll on the judicial system in Poland during the past week.
“Wawel always created a separate world in itself,” wrote Adolf Szyszko-Bohusz, the famous Polish architect and conservator who spent much of his career before, during, and after the war on the Castle. “In this microcosm is reflected in miniature all the events of Polish history, sometimes as if a brighter edit of what happened elsewhere across the homeland.” As such, its role as the headquarters of the Nazi occupation provides a telling perspective on that epoch.
It’s always fun to watch the political proverbial hit the fan and see how it plays out. Lately there’s been trouble between our rulers here and their counterparts in the UK. While I don’t agree with the international consensus that Sikorski is all that, I must admit he has some political nous in the global arena. Camoron, by contrast, has managed to paint himself into corners, most recently when trying to prevent the ascension of a new EU tsar. In a vote of 28 EU leaders, he managed to lose it by a mere 26–2. Sikorski’s opinion of his soul brothers has been interesting to listen to lately, waxing honestly on topics such as Poles right to UK benefits for their kids who may have never been there, courtesy of Wprost. In the secretly taped recordings, he damns the moron, not even with faint praise. “It’s either a very badly thought through move, or, not for […]
History is written by the victors. They that control the past, control the present. Even if they’re not secure in this, they still try to control the future too. The hand of history is heavy in these parts – Europe’s battleground over the centuries. Following a brief period of inter-war freedom, Poland was again carved up. From the latest chapter in regained freedom, we had an anniversary this last week. A celebration? Up to a point I guess. Personally, I feel it’s more about remembering those who fought and never saw the fruits of their struggle for liberty. On this stage tramp many players: goodies and baddies, right and wrong, saints and sinners. Was it not naïve of them darned commies to think that a godless religion could usurp 2000 years of Christianity, itself champion of the cuckoo’s art, which assimilated the sacred feast days of their pagan forebears. Communism in Poland? Like putting a saddle […]