In the initial phase of the official campaign before the parliamentary elections in Poland on Oct. 15, it is Law and Justice (PiS) that is setting the topics and tone for debate, said ruling party PiS MEP Ryszard Czarnecki.
“I’m a believer of the old saying: ‘Don’t count your chickens before they hatch,’ so I’ll evaluate the performance of the ruling party after the elections. However, it can already be said that it is the Law and Justice party that sets the agenda in this campaign,” said the MEP.
He said it appears that the opposition is dancing to whatever tune PiS plays.
This was the case with the series of referendum questions “launched” day by day, in accordance with the script dictated by Jarosław Kaczyński. It is the same today, as day after day the opposition has no choice but to respond to proposals regarding either the improvement of living conditions for residents of apartment blocks or the food conditions in hospitals.
What PiS offers, has become the reference point, and even if the opposition critiques it, more or less wisely, the government still sets the narrative.
The divided opposition is unable to present its own vision. Additionally, they are distancing themselves from various opposition candidates on the ballot for the Sejm (lower house) and Senate of the Republic of Poland. Of course, Czarnecki said there is no room for complacency and that PiS has to continue working hard and remove any sense of “triumphalism” from its mind.
However, according to the MEP, the fact remains that the conductor of this campaign is the leader of PiS, not the opposition leader, Donald Tusk.