Klaus crowned king of rhetoric by new poll
Václav Klaus is the king of Czech public speaking, at least according to a new poll. A jury of academics, spokespeople and news anchors found the president’s rhetoric the best in the Czech Republic, while Deputy Prime Minister Jiří Čunek was told to wash his mouth out. The poll looked at the ten politicians who have enjoyed the most airtime in the last month. The man behind it was Tomáš Studeník from the Westminster agency:
“Václav Klaus is the best speaking politician in terms of language, this means that he never uses vulgar language or slang or expressions which are not up to the right standard. So, in terms of language and its use, and construction of sentences, he is the example. Where he doesn’t score so well is in the other, non-verbal aspects of communication, where he uses some gestures and body postures which are sometimes judged as inappropriate and offensive or arrogant. But if you listen to, or read, Václav Klaus’s speeches, they are impeccable.”
“What Jiří Čunek is not able to do – what the jury judged him unable to do – was to differentiate between communicating with the media, making public announcements, and communicating with his friends, a group of his pals. So that is the main criticism that the jury had. Both the language and the use of non-verbal elements in his communication are the same, whether he is in a press conference or a pub.”
Can you tell me a bit about the other eight we haven’t mentioned there? Was there anything particularly interesting that came up, for example I hear that Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek came second last?