Poland should take this opportunity NOT to take holidays on Monday 12th November, further damaging the economy, and also to reflect:
1. The young, especially graduates, are still leaving Poland. And they never, ever, plan to return. My own daughter is one. I'm delighted for her. My pal's 25 year old sister assured me tonight that she is very happy in a post grad job in Paris, where she is paid too much for what she does, working for the government. It is boring work apparently, but wild horses would not drag her back to the low wage
2. After 25 years of year on year growth, it's crunch time. Property prices in prime locations, meaning star cities, are stagnating. Some wise minds speak of a crash. Poland has never experienced negative equity in democracy. It really wouldn't go well.
3. The church messing with politics more than ever before since communism. Ask the young. They don't like it one little bit. See 1.
4. New tax laws removing people's incentives to work.
5. Encouraging laziness, as in state sponsored long weekends/cancelled days, costs the country and YOU.
6. Add your own theories here.
Instead of patting itself on the ******* back for 100 years of independence, Poland should be getting back to ******* work - instead of this inane PIS conceit. Very likely costly times ahead for many. Your own fault for backing this government. Please don't say you didn't see it coming.
Mmmm. A lot of such figures will court controversy. FWIW My uncle Frank actually met G. Anders in the 1950s. He got to speak to him personally. No, really. I remember him discussing the night with a colleague of my dads - Andriej Biedawski, ex Polish air force, aka "uncle" Dawski from Plock. Frank and his 8th Army brigade were all machine gunned in Africa, his troop in the lower legs, and he was at some sort of club in Nottingham and supposedly met Anders and others. I always remembered the stories that night because they made clear to me that war was not about Airfix model soldiers and BSA airguns. Later it was considered a family joke that luckily Jerry didn't know how to set his sights properly.
I was 13 when said uncle died and my mum and family have all passed so I can't ask what went on. Sifting through family photos, just in case!