The Warsaw Voice » Society » Monthly - August 28, 2015
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Heard in Passing
“This president will be like a new shoe tailor-made to fit the right foot of [Law and Justice leader] Jarosław Kaczyński.”
—Film director Kazimierz Kutz, 86, on Poland’s new president, Andrzej Duda

“I’ve been forced out by the system: there are electoral quotas for young people but I’m not young; there are quotas for women, but I’m afraid I’m not a woman. I’m waiting for some quota system for people who understand [politics], but there is no such system.”
—Stanisław Żelichowski, a member of the Polish People’s Party (PSL) and one of the longest-serving deputies in parliament, on why he’s not running in the autumn elections

“In a country that has more exorcists than plumbers and fewer beds in hospitals than holy relics, atheists are desperately needed.”
—Prof. Magdalena Środa, an ethicist and a popular left-wing columnist, on contemporary Poland

“Ukraine has run out of its own supply of political thugs and prostitutes and so it needs to import new ones.”
—Russian politician and economist Nikolai Delyagin on the appointment of former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili as governor of Ukraine’s Odessa district

Compiled from press reports