Those who expected the Polish Deal introduced on Saturday to open up an entirely new perspective of the United Right’s rule and for Poland’s development are not disappointed. The ruling camp has never wasted time and worked hard to change the country, but nevertheless, the Polish Deal reminds us of the time of the great breakthrough in 2015 and 2016 with its novelty, ambition and scale. Back then, the entirely new social and economy policy, completely in opposition to the powerlessness and unwise turbo-liberalism of Donald Tusk’s government, was a revolution in Polish politics.
The changes in 2015 and 2016 raised the bar irreversibly for everyone. The majority of opposition formations cannot even leap up to reach it, and Law and Justice (PiS) does not have the baggage of years of conducting the political theater when they were in power either. This is where the main deficit of the opposition — a lack of credibility — stems from. The truth is that PiS and its coalition partners are the only political forces in Poland which treat their promises seriously, as inviolable obligations to their voters.
The Polish Deal surprised even optimists with its ambition and precise read on the needs of Poles today after six years of Jarosław Kaczyński’s camp’s rule and right as Poland exits the pandemic crisis.