My comment on the article Polish right is dismantling democracy, Lech Walesa warns by Oliver Moody and Maria Wilczek in The Times, 26 June 2020.
This is an empty spectacle presented as the ‘real thing’. There is no political difference and no difference of interest between the people mentioned in the article, just like there is no difference of interest among the cast of a theatre spectacle. They are part of the same show.
You need to understand that the entire ‘transition to democracy’ business in Poland is completely fake. Wałęsa and the entire Solidarity trade union were products of Communist political technologists. Even if you look at the candidates in the current ‘election’, they were part of the same political group some years earlier.
The issue of judges with Communist roots was suddenly made the centre of attention in December 2015. Why has it not been brought up during the previous 25 years? There was something else that happened in December 2015, which is much more important, which is real and reflects the real state of affairs in Poland, but has not been presented in the media.
Those with longer memory may remember that Wałęsa was portrayed as dangerous himself in the run-up to the presidential ‘election’ of 1995, when he ‘competed’ against the Communist Aleksander Kwaśniewski. The New York Times published then an opinion piece by Adam Michnik, son of a Soviet agent acting against the Polish state, warning about unpredictable, dark consequences.
Added 28 June 2020.
Correction. The last paragraph should read as follows:
Those with longer memory may remember that Wałęsa was portrayed as dangerous himself in the run-up to the presidential ‘election’ of 1990, when he ‘competed’ against the Catholic functionary of the Communist regime Tadeusz Mazowiecki. On 23 November 1990, The New York Times published an opinion piece Why I Won’t Vote for Lech Walesa by Adam Michnik, son of a Soviet agent acting against the Polish state, warning about unpredictable, dark consequences.