SME: no one has contributed more to corruption and cronyism than Klaus

Leading Slovak broadsheet SME placed blame for corruption in the Czech Republic squarely on the shoulders of Czech President Václav Klaus on Wednesday, writing that no one else had made such a grand contribution to corruption and cronyism in Czech politics. The paper tore into the president’s recent statement that wiretapping destroys democracy, saying it was typical of him that he was not bothered by the privatisation of political power by lobbyists and mafia members, but by the fact that the public had received evidence of it. SME goes on to recap trends in Mr Klaus’ preference for shady amassment of power among elite politicians and “godfathers”, and says the survival of the Czech right depends on its ridding itself of President Klaus.