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HEARD IN PASSING
   
“The roundtable should be relegated to a museum; let it stand there next to the statues of Lenin; and if we encounter resistance, then it’ll have to be chopped and burned.”
—Paweł Kukiz, veteran rock musician and leader of the Kukiz’15 group running for parliament, on the piece of furniture symbolizing the historic 1989 agreement between Poland’s communist authorities and the democratic opposition, which initiated the country’s political and economic transition to a market economy

“Elections are said to be a celebration of democracy, but an election campaign often degenerates into a stag party that ends with a hangover.”
—Central bank governor Marek Belka on the swathe of unrealistic state spending promises made by political parties in the run-up to the Oct. 25 parliamentary elections

“What I’m especially happy about is that the Polish education system has so few problems today that as many as two government ministers can spend their time debating sweet rolls.”
—Krystyna ¸ybacka, ex-education minister, on the fact that the current minister, Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska, has secured the green light from the health minister for sweet rolls to return to school cafeterias (these were previously banned as unhealthy food)

“My colleagues and I have been watching with horror as more and more schoolchildren are using the word ‘refugee’ as an insult in reference to someone they dislike or those who are not doing well in school.”
—A Warsaw teacher on how Polish schoolchildren have reacted to the refugee crisis unfolding in Europe over the last few months
Compiled from press reports