President Klaus slams governing coalition in Parliament speech
After seven months in office, President Vaclav Klaus walked into Parliament and did what he was always so good at: he slammed the governing coalition, criticized the state budget and warned against the pitfalls of the European Constitution. It was a passionate address worthy of an opposition leader, angering some who say the president is meant to be impartial.
that the state was depriving people of civic freedoms because - as he said - to avoid paying taxes was most definitely not a civil right. He was also happy to cross swords with Mr. Klaus over the European Constitution.
In many ways the exchange was a skilful exercise in rhetoric such as Parliament had not seen in a while. It was the kind of speech from Vaclav Klaus that one might have expected although there were many to remind him that a non-partisan stand would have been more appropriate from the head of state. Possibly one of the most astute remarks came from the Speaker of the Lower House Lubomir Zaoralek who said "Vaclav Klaus's speech in Parliament clearly revealed the opposition Civic Democrats are still searching for a leader with spirit. Mr. Klaus was simply filling a gap".