Parliament deputies celebrate Czech St. George’s day
Thursday’s session of Parliament was like no other. Dozens of deputies exchanged their suits for scout uniforms to mark “den svatého Jiří” or St. George’s Day – St George being the patron saint of scouting. The usual tension between the ruling and opposition benches was absent as deputies showed off their long forgotten scouting skills and recalled their days in the Scouts movement.
On a more serious note, deputies said they considered it important to show respect for the scouting tradition and bring it into the spotlight. Although in the Czech lands the scouting movement had a turbulent history – having been banned by both the Nazis and the Communists – it survived and is once again taking strong root. Parliament’s attempt to help that process was no doubt highly commendable though it left many Czechs cracking jokes about whether Czech MPs could still pass some of the traditional scouting tests: to maintain silence, prove your courage and stay awake for as long as necessary.