Saturday, May 29, 2010

Never Trust the New York Times

By amusing coincidence, I happened to be reviewing the recent Czech legislative election results which will in all likelihood lead to a centre-right coalition taking power with a decrease seen by all the parties of the left; Green, Communist and Social Democratic Party

And then I happened on an article in the New York Times talking about the increasing power of the Communist party in the Czech Republic. Some samples from the NYT article, published the day of the election are below:

"Analysts say the Communist Party is benefiting from a regionwide disappointment over the failure of liberal parties to live up to the promises of 1989."

"In an election that is unlikely to yield a majority for either the leftist Social Democrats or the rightist Civic Democrats, analysts say the Communist Party could come closer to real power than at any other time since the Velvet Revolution here overthrew Communism in 1989."

"The Communists’ secret weapon is Katerina Konecna, the youngest member of the Czech Parliament, who at age 28 says she feels as at home wearing designer black stiletto heels as she does reading Das Kapital. The daughter of Communist Party members, Ms. Konecna says that the current crisis of capitalism has proved a boon to the Communist Party among the young, who were drawn by its promises of free education and guaranteed jobs."

In the end, the communist party dropped from just under 13% in the 2006 election to slightly above 11% this time around. That marks the second drop in support during elections for the Communist Party, which obtained support of 18.5% of Czechs in the 2002 elections and won 44 out of 200 seats during that election.

In fact, this election marks the first time in a long time that the size of the communist contingent in parliament won't cause significant coalition building problems (see the 2006 coalition building crisis as an example).

Way to read the situation New York Times, you really showed us your keen insight into the situation.


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