Opposition party criticises gov't for fight against Covid-19 pandemic

Budka also said that Poland had one of the worst places in Europe as far as the public finance deficit was concerned, and repeated that the government had failed the test. Wojciech Olkuśnik/PAP

The leader of the opposition Civic Platform (PO) has stated that the government "has failed the test" in the struggle against the coronavirus pandemic, and that Poles cannot count on the state's support.

Addressing a PO programme conference in Jozefow near Warsaw on Saturday, Borys Budka said that "in these difficult times, Poles could not count on the support of the state."

Presenting statistical data, Budka said that 2020 was the worst year in Poland regarding the mortality rate since the Second World War. "Nearly half a million human beings, nearly half a million people died in Poland," he said. "Why did this happen? Because the government was unable to protect their lives and health."

He stated that last year's difference between the number of live births and deaths amounted to 115,000. "This looks like the town of Kalisz, Tarnow or Koszalin has vanished from the map of Poland," he said, adding that it had happened because the government had no plan and the state was inoperative.

Budka also said that Poland had one of the worst places in Europe as far as the public finance deficit was concerned, and repeated that the government had failed the test.

Referring to PO's plans, Budka invited the opposition to take part in a debate about Poland's future, and declared that PO wanted to establish a "Coalition 276." He explained that 276 was the necessary number to overthrow the presidential veto "in order to be able to implement changes in Poland."

"I can guarantee that the 'Coalition 276' cooperation platform will be a field of agreement and the building of a modern, safe and predictable Poland, in which all people are treated subjectively, and with respect," Budka declared.

According to Budka, "Coalition 276" could be joined by the Civic Coalition, Symon Holownia's Polska 2050, The Left and the Polish People's Party (PSL).

Presenting the results of three surveys, Budka said that the opposition could win parliamentary elections and remove the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party from power.

"But this is not enough," he said. "In order to change Poland, to fulfill your expectations and dreams, we need more, since even the best ideas cannot be implemented when the main 'brakeman' continues to sit in the Presidential Palace."

Budka also vowed to appoint the Constitutional Tribunal and the National Judiciary Council afresh, and added that an independent prosecutor general and a special investigative prosecutor were necessary "in order to explain every scum."

"It is necessary to restore law and order in order to build a strong, stable and safe Poland," Budka said. "We will appoint the Constitutional Tribunal and the National Judiciary Council afresh. This is our obligation."

Rafal Trzaskowski, the PO deputy leader and Warsaw mayor, stated that Poland had to spend more on the health service.

"Poland has to increase its health-care spending since now it is at the far end of Europe. In the first year after it has taken over power in Poland, PO will increase outlays on health care to 6 percent of GDP, and to 7 percent in the successive year," Trzaskowski said.

Referring to air pollution, Trzaskowski said that 16 Polish cities were on the list of 50 most polluted European cities, and declared that PO would give local governments more money for their fight for clean air.