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Heard in Passing
December 21, 2011   
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“In America, if you don’t like someone, you shoot them; here in Poland, you pick up a plank with a nail in it, an axe or a knife.”
—Wojciech Smarzowski, a director known for films depicting the brutal side of life in provincial Poland

“If you compared the government to a company, you’d have to say that both the chief executive and the chief accountant work in the promotion and marketing department.”
—Leszek Miller, head of the opposition Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) party, on Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s speech to parliament, setting out his new government’s policies.

“He should be like a conductor of a good orchestra, seeking to elicit a harmony of sound from the musicians. But the conductor has mistaken his baton for a whip and PiS has started to resemble a prison camp under his leadership.”
—Jacek Kurski, a European Parliament deputy who was expelled from Law and Justice (PiS), on its leader Jarosław Kaczyński and his authoritarian management style

“Since I have lasted 14 years in politics and am not addicted to psychotropic drugs, don’t smoke marijuana, don’t drink vodka and am not in therapy for depression, I guess I can say I have a strong personality.”
—Elżbieta Radziszewska, government commissioner for equality
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