Leszek Miller, former prime minister, now an MEP, said in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24 that in these parliamentary elections “PiS is not only fighting to stay in politics”, but “fighting to be free”. He also spoke about the situation in the opposition and announced that “for the first time in his life” he would not vote for the Left.
Leszek Miller commented on “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24 on the first days of the official election campaign. President Andrzej Duda announced that elections parliamentary elections will be held on October 15.
– This campaign will be different than those we have known over many years of functioning of Polish democracy. Because the stakes are different. PiS is not only fighting to stay in politics or to be in politics. PiS fights to be free. And therefore, he will do everything in his power to remain free. That is, to win this election, he said.
– I imagine that in PiS leadership circles there is such a belief, or rather such a doubt that “okay, but what will happen if we go behind bars?”, “what will happen to us?”, “what will happen to our families?” Because sooner or later, they will have to answer for all these scams, for plundering our common farm – he continued.
Miller: For the first time in my life I will not vote for the Left
Miller also assessed the posture Donald Tusk, the leader of the Civic Platform. He stated that “no one will win against Tusk today”. – Tusk is the only politician who, for example, in such a direct clash, one on one, somewhere during the election campaign, will defeat everyone. And because there is such awareness in PiS, this is where the bitterness in criticizing Tusk comes from, said the former prime minister.
At the same time, he admitted that he “regrets that the opposition got rid of a very important argument that could have settled these elections”, i.e. one electoral list.
– I believe that since it was not possible to prepare a single list of candidates to the Sejm, now we voters should prepare a single list of voters to the Sejm. This means – regardless of our political views, vote for the party that has a chance to win. There is one such group, the Civic Coalition – emphasized Leszek Miller.
– I will tell you directly that for the first time in my life I will not vote for the Left, but I will vote for the politician of the Civic Coalition. Precisely because of joining this group, which increases the party’s chances of winning the elections, he turned to the host of the programme.
Miller: the party in which I was for many years was disbanded in a shameful way
Miller explained that “for various reasons” he would not vote for the Left in the upcoming elections. – Also because the party in which I was for many years was disbanded in a shameful way and now I am looking at various tricks that are being done, for example, Mrs. Biejat is moved from the Sejm to the Senate so as not to threaten Mrs. Żukowska, Mrs. Kotula from Szczecin is shifted to Gdańsk, Ms. Dziemianowicz-Bąk from Wrocław is shifted to Gdynia. The great gardener moves these ferns and puts them where he thinks they belong, and this happens in a situation where we hear big words about equality between men and women, about treating women as subjects, and so on and so on. (…) This is done only to free up space in one case for Mr. Śmiszek, in the second case for Mrs. Anna Maria Żukowska, in the third case for Mr. Wieczorek, to free up space because these are the people who like the great gardener – he said former prime minister.
“The opposition should call on all citizens not to take part in the referendum”
Leszek Miller was also asked whether he would take part in the referendum, which is to be held on election day.
– I already know exactly what I’m going to do when you or a gentleman from the electoral commission wants to give me a referendum card. I will answer: “Please do not give me this card, because I will not take it. And please note in the voters list, or I will do it myself, that I am not taking part in the referendum,” he explained.
– I believe that the opposition should call on all citizens of the Republic of Poland not to take part in the referendum, because then it will not be decisive. For it to be constitutive, you have to go through 50 percent of the turnout. And if this turnout had been lower, it would have been a great victory over PiS. PiS will do anything to reach this 50 percent. And we, the opposition, will do everything so that it is not 50 percent – said the guest of “Fakty po Faktach”.
As reported by the president of PiS Jaroslaw Kaczynski the first question in the referendum will be: “Do you support the sale of state-owned enterprises?”and the second – as reported by PiS vice-president, former prime minister Beata Szydło – “Are you in favor of raising the retirement age to 60 for women and 65 for men today?”.
The third question was announced on Sunday by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and it will read: Do you support the admission of thousands of illegal immigrants from the Middle East and Africa under the forced relocation mechanism imposed by the European bureaucracy?
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