Prime Minister Peter Fiala (ODS) didn’t really pick the right time for his Sunday address to the nation. A few days before the municipal and senate elections, he could not avoid the suspicion expressed by the opposition that the motive was purely inflammatory. The prime minister’s explanation that a fundamental decision on energy prices was made to the public last week does not hold.




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Prime Minister Peter Fiala in TK after meeting in Lány. | Photo: Rene Volvik | Source: iROZHLAS.cz

The government’s decision on Monday to set an energy price cap was really new and specific, so Fiala could speak on Tuesday.

Peter Shabata: Prime Minister Peter Fiala’s extraordinary speech was not exceptional

The bill was expected to be approved in the House on Friday — and the legislative process continues in the Senate, which will debate an energy bill amendment on Tuesday, then be signed by the president, and only then can the government adopt it. Specific list with data on price ceilings and other details. What Peter Fiala can fully sum up after a week.

The argument that even in September 2020, then-Prime Minister Andre Babis (ANO) gave a speech a few days before the regional elections is not entirely good either.

Unfortunately, the chosen date is not the prime minister’s main flaw. The content of the speech was not surprising, it only summarized the government’s steps to solve the energy crisis, recalling its causes, and a professor asked the residents to save energy and wished them a happy Sunday evening. why?

Because the Prime Minister and his team have come to the right conclusion that if the government can offer something tangible to citizens, businessmen, schools, hospitals and large companies in a crisis, it must inform them properly. But the prime minister’s seven-minute speech on Sunday evening is certainly not high-quality information.

A tool for exceptional communication

Just compare it, for example, to Peter Fiala’s interview on Czech Radio on Thursday. Because the Prime Minister had more time and because he had to answer the mediator’s specific questions, he explained the government’s actions with more depth and clarity.

Why did the Ozone Depleting Country and its president talk about all those who suggested putting an end to energy prices as populists and false prophets of energy a few days ago, and now they did it themselves? Could these caps be lowered in the future? (No, the Prime Minister answered.) Why don’t government measures focus more on energy saving?

What are people who can’t even pay the price cap while other prices are going up as well? Is the government considering setting a ceiling on food prices? (He doesn’t think about it.) Will the government buy back shares from minority shareholders in the exclusive economic zone? (He doesn’t plan to.) From the Prime Minister’s answers, the listener got an idea of ​​why the government is doing what it is doing and what that means for him now and in the future.


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The Prime Minister has given several such interviews to the media in recent days, and if he and his ministers had done so privately since the spring, that is, since the emergence of the energy crisis, inflation and war, the society would have been more informed and less. Afraid.

Explanation, introduction of steps, and repetition should be an essential part of the activism of politicians today…But when Chief Industry Minister Joseph Sekila (Lstan) thought he wasn’t a politician until recently, it was hard.

The extraordinary discourse of the nation on Sunday evening as a communication tool really aims to send extraordinary messages, to announce important facts, like Vrbětice, to introduce new essential government steps that cannot be delayed.

If exceptional performance does not include such content – which has just happened to Prime Minister Fialau – it will always be challenged as a pre-election campaign.

The author is the editor-in-chief of Czech Radio Plus

Peter Sabata

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