Physicist’s 99 cleaning nights

My two comment on the article Cleaners are heroes. I should know: I was one by Amanda Craig in The Times, 17 May 2020. The first comment was made on May 17, the second one was added on May 29 2020.


When I was fired from my university job in Poland (associate professor of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań) for political reasons, I had to leave the country and quickly find another job that would pay mortgage on and our flat in Poland. My pianist wife lost her job at the same time and for the same reasons.

I came to London, where I started as a night cleaner in a restaurant chain with headquarters in Brussels. I worked 99 consecutive nights without taking a single day (night) off. The guy who employed me and my Lithuanian partner, ignored our questions about taking a week off after several weeks of continuous work. The company wanted to have their restaurants clean but was not interested in our well-being. We did a good job, receiving high marks on weekly mystery customers’ reviews, but were not paid for the bus and tube fare when moving from one restaurant to another. This was a violation of the law. We were compensated for it only after I wrote about it to their London office. We were paid a minimum wage.

My next job was leaflet distribution as a self-employed. Again, I was working 7 days/week for 8 months, rain, snow or shine. I travelled everywhere around London and beyond M25, visiting places I would have never had gone to otherwise. I opened and closed thousands and thousands of garden gates. I mostly tried to close them back. When I didn’t on one rainy winter Sunday afternoon, I heard “Shut the bloody gate!” from some unidentified voice. I was bitten by a dog once. Nothing really serious, although there were some more serious bites among the other distributors.

I distributed all kinds of leaflets, from pizza companies through estate agents and opticians to elections leaflets for the Conservative Party candidates and for UKIP. We were driven all the way to Truro to distribute job training leaflets financed from an EU grant. I also found that some London areas south of the river with large council estates are deserts as far as publicly available toilets go. It took me once close to half-hour to find one in a bar and it was not funny.

I had some suprising encounters with people. One morning I was stopped by a guy in Croydon, who asked me to read to him and explain the contents of a letter he received from the bus company he worked for. It was actually a letter of dismissal. Was he not able to read? Probably.

In my current job I had the opportunity to serve a former UK Prime Minister and a former Chancellor on separate occasions.

@LechSBorkowski


The second comment added on 29 May 2020

Two of the comments following my post are clearly hostile. The choice of words, as well as a nickname show desire to misrepresent and falsify who I am. It also an attempt at denying agency. Instead asking me directly about something, that person is suggesting to google my name on the Internet.

As I wrote in my comment, I was fired for political reasons and it is not just a temporary misunderstanding. The reason is deep and fundamental. I have an excellent education, PhD from the University of Florida, one of the top public universities in the US. Nevertheless, I could not do cary out job in Poland in a normal way. I even had to bring my own laptop to work. They refused to provide even a single piece of equipment to do my work.

My wife was also fired for political reasons from her job at the State School of Music in Zielona Góra, also for political reasons. We refused to falsify and to lie.

One day before the letter of dismissal was delivered to me, someone wrote to me about creating a Wikipedia page for me. I objected to it, but the page was made anyway.

This is obviously a “dark profile”. A tool to control and to falsify the public narrative about the targeted person.

The University I was fired from continues to send emails to me “addressed to all University employees”. This is a violation of EU law. So what? In Poland they can do anything. Who are they? They are Communists, who pretend to have miracuously converted to something else.

@LechSBorkowski

Ally de jure, enemy de facto

Comment on The Times article We led the war effort, say British — others disagree by Lucy Fisher, May 8, 2020


The poll is asking the wrong questions.

The UK and the US allied with one of the two genocidal regimes in Europe against the other one. Collectively, they succeeded in defeating one enemy, while the other enemy expanded its occupation zone, gained international recognition and the ability to control the newly formed United Nations. That must be called for what it is: a failure. The war against Germany was won, but the war against the Soviet Union was lost.

The need for a myth of fighting a good war, being heroic and making all the right choices is tempting to all nations. The truth is more prosaic. The desire to create a myth and hold on to it may be understandable in the years immediately after the conflict, when the wounds, sacrifices and the loss of the loved ones is so palpable. However, as the years go by, one would hope for a more intelligent analysis.

The western Allies won the war against the Germany and Japan only, while losing it to the Soviet Union. Soviet Union won the war against everyone else. British and American governments deceived themselves and their citizens about USSR suddenly becoming their ally, when it was not.

Soviet Union was an ally de jure, i.e. on paper only, but not the facto. The inability to properly process these basic facts, was a self-inflicted wound.

The West tries desperately to cling to the binary logic, good guys vs the bad guys, although ever since 1917 this approach continued to fail. The situation has changed. The rise of the Communist state in Russia using different logic and different methods, a widespread terror and increasingly more sophisticated genocidal techniques, was an intellectual challenge, which the West, taken collectively, miserably failed to meet.

Antony Beevor wrote a very sensible comment in The Telegraph yesterday: “75 years on, have we got the Second World War all wrong after all?”

Indeed, you have.

@LechSBorkowski

Truwoman show

Comment on The Countess and the Russian Billionaire review — the 1 per centers who went peak Jeremy Kyle in The Times by Carol Midgley, April 9, 2020


If information available on the Internet is true, Sergei Pugachev comes from a Soviet military family. A career like his would be absolutely impossible without the full support of the Soviet/Russian inner power circle. The 1990s were presented to the outside world as some kind of a Russian ‘wild west’ rush. However, you ought to keep in mind that we are talking about a country where everyone and everything was subordinated to the Communist power collective through decades of terror. Such deep structures of utmost loyalty and fear do not mysteriously disappear.

The private ownership introduced in the 1990s was not so private. Big money was handled by trusted insiders. Private ownership in Russia is not the same as private ownership in the West.

Look at some of the guys who made big careers in Russian business post-1990. There is Mikhail Khodorkovsky, member of Komsomol, the youth organisation of the Communist party. Then there is William Felix Browder, grandson of Earl Browder, the general secretary of Communist Party USA. Both have spectacularly fallen out with the Russian state. However, they would have no chance to achieve anything in the first place, had they not belonged to the inner circle of the most trusted comrades.

It is more likely that these lawsuits and spectacular rows between Putin-led state and the so-called oligarchs are merely a spectacle, a diversion. The aims of the contemporary Russian state vis-a-vis the West are pretty much the same as the aims of the Soviet Union. Russian goals are long-term and the presence of Russian rich functionaries in the West allows to survey, gather information and exert influence without arising suspicion.

Evgeny Lebedev, the owner of two UK newspapers, is a son of a KGB functionary. Some in the British elites see nothing improper to be employed by him or to fly to his parties in Italy:

‘In a brief entry of ministerial interests on the Foreign Office website, Johnson declared he had an “overnight stay” with Lebedev on 28 April, travelling “accompanied by a spouse, family member or friend”.

Johnson did not give any further details of where he had been, who he was with or the reason for the visit – reportedly his fourth to Lebedev’s Italian home in recent years.’

This was 2018. The quote is from article in the Guardian.

They have successfully infiltrated western elites.

And it is in this context that the story shown in the documentary plays out. Alexandra Tolstoy was most likely honey-trapped in a planned operation. The humiliation she was subjected to on the Russian tv show was most likely planned as well.

Open quarrels and lawsuits between so-called oligarchs and the Russian state are most likely only spectacles for western consumption. Everyone knows that there is no life outside the power circle. You either belong, tooth and nail, or you are eliminated. These so-called oligarchs know this perfectly well. They are also not stupid to suddenly start thinking that they can rewrite the code of the Russian state, the code that has been shaped and hardened over decades of terror.

@LechSBorkowski

Praising Communism one Sputnik at a time

My comment on the article This virus is a shot in the arm for science by David Aaronovitch in The Times, April 1 2020


A veiled praise of Soviet Communism through the praise of Sputnik. As the Soviet post-WWII space program was build on the backs of German scientific and engineering slave labourers, the author should also mention the Nazi leadership and their earlier commitment to their war-time rocket program.

The concern in the current situation is how to save human lives in the fight against the virus. This is 180 degrees opposite to the mindset of Communist leaders who did not care about human lives, as they were busy killing and otherwise eliminating millions of people. I am writing this as a son of parents who were imprisoned in Communist concentration camps. I am also a scientist, like Paul Nurse, referred to in the article. Like him, I come from a modest background. However, needless to say, I do not share his early fascination with Sputnik. Another difference between him and me is the fact, that he can continue his work while I was removed from university in Poland not long ago for political reasons.

There are more appropriate analogies and no shortage of scientific role models. One of them is Marie Curie. Let me quote from the BBC’s website: “The Curie’s research was crucial in the development of x-rays in surgery. During World War One Curie helped to equip ambulances with x-ray equipment, which she herself drove to the front lines. The International Red Cross made her head of its radiological service and she held training courses for medical orderlies and doctors in the new techniques.”

Both now and during World War One, proper testing and diagnosis is of crucial importance. Both situations are new in many ways and both involve designing and manufacturing new equipment to save human lives.

@LechSBorkowski

The Times silent on Yalta 1945

One more comment on Marc Bennetts’ article Stalin’s death liberated us, say activists in The Times, March 6 2020. Two other ones were posted earlier.


The Times remained silent on the 75th anniversary of the Yalta agreement of February 1945.

At the end of WWII leaders of United States and Britain went out of their way to appease the genocidal regime of the Soviet Union. While they championed democracy for their own countries, they made key decisions and signed a pact with the Soviet Union without participation of the representatives of the affected countries of Eastern Europe, thus facilitating further atrocities by the Communists.

This event is often presented as a false alternative: either Yalta agreement or war with the Soviet Union.

At that moment, eastern Poland was occupied by the Soviet Union again, just like in 1939-1941.

@LechSBorkowski

The uber-parasites

The article The film that shows we’re all parasites now by David Aaronovitch in The Times, February 12 2020. My comment


13 February

I came to the UK in June 2016, couple of days before the Brexit referendum, looking for a job that would pay our family bills and mortgage on a flat in Poland. Six months earlier, my wife and I were fired from our state jobs in Poland for political reasons. Although I have a PhD in Physics from an American university, I was not successful in finding a more advanced job, given my constraints of time and limited financial resources. With money quickly running out, I had to take anything that would come my way.

I became a night cleaner in an international restaurant chain headquartered in Brussels. I was paired with a Lithuanian guy. We worked 99 days, or rather nights, in a row without taking a day off. Taking a night off would only result in a disruption to your body clock and smaller earnings. The company did not want to discuss with us an option of taking e.g. a week off after 6 weeks of continuous work. We started with five restaurants a night, then agreed to an increase of the load to six, and eventually to seven restaurants. We traveled between the locations on foot, by bus, and on the Tube, before it was closed for the night.

We were not paid for the time spend moving between the restaurants and we were not reimbursed for our transport expenses. The company wanted to have the job done, but preferred not to ask about the details. To them we were employed while inside a restaurant, but we were apparently private persons while moving from one place to another. My emails were unanswered. We were nobody to them.

As it turned out, the company was violating the law, not paying us for the time spent travelling between assignments and not covering our transport expenses. At one point we were treated in quite a nasty way. I won’t go into details here. Let me just say, that they and us did not seem to belong to the same category of people.

The relation between the rich and a person they hire is not always much different from the relation between a company and its employee.

My next job was leaflet distribution. This time I was self-employed, which meant that I paid travelling expenses from my own pocket. My days off were unpaid. Every day we worked with a supervisor, who was also self-employed. The leaflet distribution company’s idea of business was to hire a large bunch of self-employed to do the work in the field. The employees were those sitting in an office. The company boss seemed to be more or less on constant vacation in various exotic locations. He was finalist in one of those ‘future tiger of business’ shows where his idea of a company was very warmly received. I have never seen him.

If you wanted to visit a loo, while delivering leaflets, you were on your own. What if you happened to be in a residential area with no coffee shops or bars? Too bad. You were on your own. Your problem.

I spent 8 months in this job, working seven days a week, rain, shine, or snow.

In my current job I happen to serve people generally well off, some of them well-known in public life in the UK. For some of them I am invisible, but to quite many I am actually human, albeit more shabbily dressed. Sometimes I hear praise for my arithmetic skills. 🙂

So, who are the uber-parasites? The people who fired me and my wife in Poland, as well as those who protect them, all the way to the top. They are the real threat.

@LechSBorkowski

Donald Tusk and the Communist opposition to Communism

My comment on Asa Bennett’s article in The Telegraph Donald Tusk thinks Brexiteers are longing for empire. Has he met the EU elite?


Lech Borkowski 14 Nov 2019 1:46PM

It is useful to know where Tusk and the like come from. The Communists in Poland have trained a number of people for future positions of leadership. The idea was to organize fake opposition to Communism and to pretend that the Communism in Eastern Europe collapsed. They created fake political groups. Tusk was positioned as a young free-market liberal.

The creation of fake opposition is an old Communist trick. In the 1920s Soviet Russia their secret service ran the Operation Trust, whose aim was to fool the outsiders and the Russian emigres that there was a real internal opposition to the Soviet terror. It is an old idea really.

The Communist-style politics runs in a provocateur mode. Pretty much everything is a provocation, while the effort is made to pretend it is a real thing.

So, Tusk is a Communist provocateur simply doing what he is told to do. This is a labour of the many, not the few.

@LechSBorkowski

[In reaction to this, certain Adam Johnson supposed that I must be a Law and Justice supporter and used a derogatory word to describe my comment. Here is my response.]

Lech Borkowski 14 Nov 2019 5:59PM

Sorry to disappoint you. I don’t support any political party in Poland. I was expelled from my job for political reasons in Autumn 2015. My wife was expelled from her job as well for political reasons. It is all here: lsborkowski.com/pol/

The leader of Law and Justice party in Poland, Jarosław Kaczynski is a son of a Communist party member. He comes from a family firmly embedded in Communism and thus privileged. My comment about Tusk applies to Kaczynski as well, with the exception of Kaczynski was positioned to the right of Tusk on the political axis.

I was a member of the Law and Justice from 2008 to 2010. I saw in essence no difference between it and the Communist party.

@LechSBorkowski

The plurality of lies

On 19 August 2019 The Daily Telegraph (London) published an article by Madeline Grant My trip to Poland left me more convinced than ever that we are right to leave the EU to fulfil its superstate ambitions.

I made a number of comments in a discussion following the article. I already included two of those comments in this blog earlier. Here is another one.

——

Lech Borkowski 20 Aug 2019 10:48PM

Some of the comments seem to suggest that the same basic methodology can be used to describe reality in both Britain and Poland.

As I stated in an earlier comment there is no such thing as political pluralism in Poland.There is plurality of lies, of course, but it is not the same as political pluralism.

The transition to democracy and pluralism was a fake one. There are certain empty rituals but it is easy to find out whether words regained their true meaning or not. They have not.

The deception runs deep and is a permanent feature of the system in Poland. The pluralism is a simulated one, not real.

Take for example the Labour Code. The current Labour Code has been introduced in 1974 as a sort of “Constitution” for the working class. The same Labour Code, with amendments, is in force today. The same punitive measures designed to punish dissidents are in force. In 1996 it was even extended by the Minister of Health ordinance by giving greater freedom to subject a person to arbitrary health checks on a whim. Not out of concern for the health of the employees but to provide excuse for dismissal for political reasons.

This ordinance has been used against my wife in 2015, when she was forced to visit a psychologist on order issued by the Occupational Health Service. Occupational Health Service is an idea from Nazi and Communist camps. Physicians in Auschwitz decided who would continue to work and to live and who should be terminated. Just like someone in the Soviet Union, she has been declared as suffering from unspecified delusions and on that basis dismissed from her job of a pianist and piano teacher.

All the political class in Poland know about this. We have written dozens of letters to top officials in several recent governments. Result? Nothing. Business as usual.

Communist-trained ‘Thatcherite’

My three comments following the article Portland spies undone by a giant lighter by Ben McIntyre in The Times, 24 September 2019, in order of appearance.


The West is completely blind to subversive activities in the political and social sphere which I would call “the narrative management and control”. There is no need to steal secrets, which are handed over freely to those masquerading as allies.

Radek Sikorski, who was at Oxford with David Cameron and Boris Johnson, was sent to the UK by the Polish Communist authorities under the cover of a student trying to improve his English.

His application to Oxford Uni. was supported by Zbigniew Pełczyński, an Oxford professor with warm ties to Polish Communists.

Later, Sikorski worked as a journalist in the UK, posing as a Thatcherite. Ha ha. After his return to Poland, he was an MP and Minister of Defense, Speaker of the Parliament. Today he is a member of the European Parliament.

One of many.

He continues to serve the same people. He is frequently the go-to person in the British media on Poland and other issues.

His journalist wife, Anne Applebaum, should have noticed. However, judging by the nonsense she wrote about contemporary Poland, she is part of the same game.

I suppose this is too difficult to understand by those educated at Eton and Oxford. In other words, the lesson of the Cambridge Four [should be “Cambridge Five”] has not been learned.

The Communists completely outmaneuvered the West. The fairy tale of Communism’s fall is still believed and taught. The Communist lies and disinformation are now part of student curricula at Oxford and Cambridge.


When dealing with this lot one should assume that everything they say is a lie unless proven otherwise.


The aim of those mirrors is to jam the signal and its source.

I posted the following comment under the article in The Times in the morning of 14 Sept. 2019, The two Britains that exasperate and enchant the resty of the world,

“Radek Sikorski, whom the author quotes, was trained for his future political career by the Communists. He had a privileged life in his youth and was selected to be among future top cadres by the Communists themselves

@LechSBorkowski”

Few hours later, in the afternoon, you could read the echo of that comment on Twitter. A group of people, including Radek Sikorski, got involved in a bit absurd exchange (in Polish) using a fake excuse. There was foul language in some of the comments. It is interesting to note that many of the keywords from that exchange fit my profile. Let me quote in translation:

Doctor of Physics (I have a PhD in Physics)
Adam Mickiewicz University (the institution, where I worked for 19 years)
Wroclaw (I was a student in Wroclaw)
quantum mechanics

There are other relevant keywords.

To an average observer this Twitter exchange may seem nothing special. A more careful observer would at least have a sense of ‘something not being right’ and take note.

On WWII, memory management and control

I posted the following comment following the article Forgive us for starting the Second World War, Germany begs Poland in The Times:


The war was started by a joint German-Soviet invasion of Poland. Each of the invaders occupied roughly half of the country.

Joint Communist-Nazi victory parade was held in Brześć on the Bug river (Brest-Litovsk) on 22 September 1939. An interesting and highly symbolic photo can be viewed at https://lsborkowski.com/pol/joint-communist-nazi-victory-parade/. The Nazis and the Communists marched amicably in one triumphant column. Hammer and sickle in a brotherly embrace with the swastika.

Ideological differences notwithstanding, both Nazi and Soviet occupations implemented similar terror.

One remarkable early victim was Janusz Kusociński, winner of the 10k race in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932. He got involved in efforts to organize resistance immediately after the German occupation began. He was arrested in March 1940 and shot in the forest near Warsaw on 21 June 1940.

After the war, Communists organised yearly athletic competition in Warsaw under Kusociński’s name: Memoriał Kusocińskiego. The first one was held in 1954. This was an exercise in the control and management of memory. Kusociński was killed by the Germans, not the Russians, which made his name eligible for such manipulation.

Around 2011 the Kusociński competition was expelled from Warsaw to Szczecin (Stettin). I am not sure if the competition was not inactive for a few years before that. A ridiculous move. Kusociński had no connection to Szczecin/Stettin, which was a German city before WWII. His name was, in a way, disposed of, to make space for a more recent name of someone else, thus confirming the post-1990 continuity of the Communist policy of memory management and control.

My wife’s grandfather, Aleksander Głuchowski, fought in the September 1939 campaign and facing defeat crossed the border to Lithuania to be interned there, rather than fall into the German or Russian hands. After Lithuania’s invasion by the Soviet Union, he was imprisoned in an Orthodox monastery near Kozelsk, the same place, from which thousands of Polish officers were transported to the execution site in the Katyn forest near Smolensk in the Spring of 1940. He was later transferred to Gryazovets in northern Russia.

Following the Nazis move eastward in June 1941, the Soviets were much more organised and disciplined in killing thousands of Polish citizens they earlier imprisoned [, than fighting the German army]. Some prisoners were forced to go on exhaustive marches East. Thousands either died of exhaustion or were killed in those marches.

The memory management and control policy eliminated those victims from memory and history.

The Wannsee conference of the senior Nazis was held in January 1942. The policy of the mass slaughter of Jews was decided upon and implemented.

Aleksander was eventually released by the Soviets and joined the Polish forces formed under the western Allies command.

He was not able to participate in the Allied victory parade in London in 1946. The British government preferred to appease the Communists and issued the invitation for the parade to the Communists in Warsaw. The Poles fighting on the western front were excluded.

When Aleksander returned to Poland in 1947, he was immediately arrested by the Communist secret police. When he was later released, he was exhausted and sick. He died in 1952 at the young age of 45. His wife died in 1945, shortly after the end of the war, probably of similar reasons: sickness and exhaustion. They last saw each other when Aleksander left to fight in September 1939.

In a database focused on victims of Communist terror (oficial word: “repression”, “terror” is inconvenient –> management and control of memory) his imprisonment in 1947 is omitted.

My own parents, Bolesław Borkowski and Irena Borkowska (Ostrowska), were also purged from the list of victims. When a “database of victims”, in which I was expected to find their names, was released few years ago, their names were not there. Memory management and control. My father deserted with the arms from the Communist army one day before the military oath was taken. This was on 13 January 1945. The entire company deserted. His group crossed the line which was imposed as the new eastern Polish border and was later surrounded and captured by NKVD after a battle, in which he was wounded. They were held in a citadel in the same Brześć, in which September 1939, the Nazi and Communist forces held joint victory parade. Conditions were horrible. The inmates were tortured.

My father avoided torture by putting his life on the line. When the NKVD man tried to get up from his desk, he knew what would come. He warned him to not even try because he himself was ready to die rather than yield to torture. He shouted at the Soviet: “You are worse than the Nazis!”. There was also an element of luck, of course. He was sentenced by the NKVD War Tribunal in June 1945 to ten years of hard labour camp. He was held in a camp in the Arkhangelsk area.

My mother was imprisoned by the Soviets in 1949 for her family helping Polish anti-Communist resistance. Her father and younger brother were arrested at the time as well. She was held in a hard labour camp from 1949 to 1956. When they found her brother’s whereabouts at the time when many camp prisoners were being released, he was completely damaged. He barely knew his name and he could not tell where he was held. This was the result of torture. You can see his picture online https://lsborkowski.com/pol/letter-malgorzata-gluchowska-lech-borkowski-prime-minister-poland-10-december-2017/

For my mother, the war which began in 1939, never ended.

Desertions from the Communist army were and still are taboo subjects. Memory management and control.

Keep in mind, that the Soviets killed thousands of Polish resistance members when they advanced westwards into the Polish territory in 1944-45. Being a member of the Communist army you would not fight for independent Poland. You would fight one enemy for the benefit of another one.

In the last months of the war, the British PM Winston Churchill signed an illegal agreement with the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in Yalta, in which they decided to determine jointly the post-war borders of Poland. The border was to coincide roughly with the border of the Soviet occupation zone following the 1939 invasion.

The Yalta agreement was disastrous for dozens of millions of people. It was signed against the wishes of the people inhabiting the territories involved. Polish legal government, then in exile in London, was bypassed.

Churchill famously said at the end of WWI “When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin”. Clearly an imperial view of other nations.

Of course, the American and British leaders had no right to determine Polish post-WWII borders and the Yalta deal was illegal. Yalta is a symbol of western very deep cognitive disaster vis-a-vis Communism which continues today.

Both of my parents came from eastern Poland, which fell under the Soviet occupation during WWII and afterwards.

The official narrative about WWII in Poland is a firm proof of the continuation of the Communist policy. The Museum of WWII was located in Gdansk/Danzig instead of Warsaw to demonstrate that WWII was the war against Germany and to anchor the war firmly in the German context.

Lech Borkowski