President tells Czechs to grit their teeth and support pro-reform government
In his traditional New Year’s address to the nation President Václav Klaus gave his full backing to the country’s pro-reform government telling Czechs they had been living beyond their means for years and it was time to pay their dues. Mr. Klaus said it was essential that everyone pull their weight and indicated he had little patience with those who wanted out or grumbled.
“If the government reforms are implemented quickly, rationally and with courage and if they are properly explained to the public then I am sure that the Czech people will understand and support them. I also expect this from the opposition parties, and I hope that a feeling of co-responsibility for the country’s future will win out over the usual political skirmishes. Because the unpopular measures that the government is taking and the reforms it is preparing are something that any government in office would now have to undertake.“
“There were times in the country’s history when it may have made sense to leave for a better life abroad. Those days are long gone. And appeals for an organized exodus in certain professions are not something we can condone. Such appeals are unacceptable blackmail.”
“We must not let ourselves be disheartened by the moaners and pessimists among us, by those who thrive on criticizing everyone and everything, by those who are motivated by ill-will and jealousy. On my travels around the country I meet a great many sane, hard-working and creative people and that gives me reason to look with optimism into our future.”