The projects of Polish Government to reform the Judiciary Power (specifically, institutions such as the National Court of Justice, abbreviated in Polish as KRS, and the Supreme Court) have had a widespread media coverage.
However, owing to the predominance of progressive international media, I consider there’s a need to give a vision from a libertarian-conservative standpoint.
Two of three laws (government plans to reform the judiciary system) were vetoed by the President of Poland, the social conservative Andrzej Duda, on the 24th July. These vetoed laws were intended to give the Ministry of Justice a tremendous power over the Judiciary Power.
The first would have let the previously mentioned ministry to select and fire the judges of the Supreme Court while the second would have given the Sejm (the lower house of Polish Parliament) power to choose the KRS judges, with at least 261 votes (absolute majority).
The third law, which has not been vetoed by Duda sadly, gives the Minister of Justice the power of nominating president and vice president of regional courts. On the other hand it introduces a draw of judges to cases and a new rule, according to that, judges cannot be changed during the instruction of its cases.
Liberal and social democrat parties and organisations have organised protests against those plans of a government leaded by Law and Justice (In Polish: Prawo i Sprawiedliwo??, abbreviated as PiS), a party that combines religious and social conservatism with a centre-left economical policy. Obviously, I agree with those protesters but we could not join protests organised by people that support current and not libertarian Constitution of Poland and wave European Union (EU) flags.
Meanwhile, PiS vows on more centralisation and a higher power of the State. Some of its measures are the following: nationalisation of businesses, taking competences from municipalities and the broadcasting of propaganda through the public and State television (TVP). This latter has been always biased (that’s the nature of State televisions in all the world), but nowadays, it’s similar to televisions of authoritarian states.
Despite PiS is against the European progressive and social democrat establishment, it is equally social democrat, but from a nationalist perspective. This brief description also applies to FIDESZ, the party of the social conservative Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary.
Desperately, we need a Rule of Law based on natural law and freedom principles. Conversely, PiS wants a rule of people loyal to Jaroslaw Kaczynski (the president of the party, also brother of former President Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane accident that took place in the Russian town of Smolensk, in 2010).
Additionally, we must remind that on the left side of Polish politics, where there are parties such as Civic Platform (from European People’s Party) and Nowoczesna (from Alliance of Liberals and Democrats of Europe), there is a loyalty to Brussels and an interest in an EU intervention in Poland, something I totally disapprove because I consider Polish people must not let anyone to decide their future.
To sum up, as the reader can see, the Polish political situation is as bad as in almost the rest of Europe. Poland is a battlefield between two anti-freedom sides. Maybe the future will be better.