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    The Story Of The Polish "Good Change" In 30 Crazy Memes.

    In 2016 British voters decided that it's time for Britain to get up of it's knees and finally get rid of foreign influences. In America they have elected a president who promised to make their country great again. Many of those voters (or indeed of those, who voted otherwise) wonders what to expect. Well, there is one country, who voted for the party that promised all three of the above: Poland. They call it "a Good Change". So how it worked out here?

    1. They made sure that such silly things like the Constitution would not interfere with Good Change

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    Courts seem to have something against "good changes" (see Trump's Muslim ban). Therefore first thing to do was to ensure, that Polish Constitutional Court would not be able to interfere with the politics of the ruling party.

    Parliament was working hard, day and night, to pass the new bills as quickly as possible. They have replaced some judges with their own ones, and changed the statute in such a way, that it made virtually impossible for Constitutional Court to react to any new law.

    The Constitutional Court found the new bill unconstitutional, but the government refused to publish this ruling.

    Pictured:
    Beata Kempa, chief of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland.
    Caption:
    "YOU CAN PUBLISH AS MUCH AS YOU PLEASE... ON YOUR FACEBOOK WALL"

    Read more here.

    2. They have ensured, that the Guardian of the Consitution is their guy.

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    President Andrzej Duda came to power on promise, that he will not be "a notary" of the government, but that it will be a steadfast man, standing for the rights of Poland and fate of Poland. It was just a facade, and when his party, Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice) won the election, he turned out to be just their errand boy, signing every document placed on his desk (and, allegedly, also beverage coasters, mouse pads and any other item within his range) . So those, who hoped that he will refuse to sign the unconsitutional bill, became very disappointed. Despite being a lawyer himself, he accused the judges of the tribunal of breaking the law, and he did not cared that after that his own alma mater, Jagiellonian University de facto disowned him.

    Pictured:
    President Andrzej Duda
    Caption:
    "HEREBY I FIND THE TRIBUNAL UNCONSTITUTIONAL"

    Read more here.

    3. They have took over the justice system as well.

    Via docinek.com

    They have changed the law, so the Minister of Justice has become a Prosecutor General as well. The fact, that he is also an MP, and a prosecutor cannot be an MP at the same time did not bothered them. Under normal circimstances Beata Kempa from point one would be held resposible for refusing to publish the verdict of the Constitutional Tribunal, but he made sure that no such silly things would happen to her.

    Pictured:
    Zbigniew Ziobro, PiS MP and Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General
    Caption:
    "CHAIRMAN [of the Constitutional Tribunal] RZEPLIŃSKI CAN REPORT THE FACT THAT THE RULING HASN'T BEEN PUBLISHED... TO ME"

    Read more here.

    4. And so the new order was established when it comes to separation of powers in Poland.

    Via memy.pl

    Captions:
    SEPARATION OF POWERS
    1. PRESIDENT 2. PRIME MINISTER 3. LEADER [of PiS]

    Read more here.

    5. ...with a slight difference. President and Prime minister are just puppets, and the guy who really has the power helds no responsibility.

    Via fabrykamemow.pl

    Pictured:
    Jarosław Kaczyński, chairman of the PiS
    Caption:
    "I CAN'T BE HELD RESPONSIBLE, AS IT'S SZYDŁO [Prime Minister] WHO GIVES PROMISES AND DUDA [President] WHO SIGNS EVERYTHING"

    Jarosław Kaczyński - back seat driver of Poland. Read here

    6. The world was impressed.

    Via docinek.com

    Pictured:
    Vladimir Putin, president of Russia and Victor Orban, president of Hungary
    Caption:
    "AND THEN I TOLD HIM: JAREK, THERE IS NO CHANCE IT THIS PLAN WITH CONSTITUTIONAL TRIBUNAL WILL WORK. BUT THEN HE TOLD ME: YOU THINK SO? HOLD MY CAT AND WATCH!"

    Read more on PiS reform's effect on relations between Poland and Russia here.

    7. And then, the good change could finally begin.

    Via fb.com

    Despite the fact, that Poland has made a huge leap ahead, in a big part thanks to EU funding, PiS came to power claiming, that the country is in ruins and at the verge of collapse and needs to be rebuilt. The Polish right often blames foreign powers for that situation, but our foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski got carried too much when in the interview with a German paper he blamed cyclists and vegetarians.

    Pictured:
    Witold Waszczykowski, Polish Foreign Minister.
    Caption:
    "WE GONNA TO REBUILD THE COUNTRY FROM DAMAGES CAUSED BY VEGETARIANS AND CYCLISTS"

    Read more here.

    8. Some of the promised were almost delivered...

    Via mpolska24.pl

    One of the major promises was to introduce a child benefit of 500 zł per child.

    This actually went ahead, despite warnings of the economist that there is no money for that in the budget.

    Captions:
    - LOOK, HE GIVES AWAY 500 ZŁ PER KID AS HE PROMISED
    - HE HAS YOUR WALLET

    Read more here.

    9. ...with the word "almost" being a very important one here.

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    It turned out that there was a small print. The new child benefit will be paid not to the parents of every child, but to every second and next child, unless the family income is lower than a set amount per head. It quickly emerged that thousands of single mothers will not benefit from it. The government response: single mothers should look how to "stabilize their family situation".

    Pictured:
    Prime Minister Beata Szydło
    Caption:
    "SINGLE MOTHER? SHE COULD HAVE ANOTHER BABY, THAT WAY SHE WOULD BE LESS SINGLE".

    Read more here.

    10. And where there is a bread, circuses should follow.

    Via memy.pl

    And what is better than exploiting a conspiracy theories about 2010 presidential plane crash? Minister of Defence, Antoni Macierewicz, is a head priest of those, and makes sure, that the fire of those beliefs is well supplied with new suggestions and factoids.

    Pictured:
    Antoni Macierewicz
    Caption:
    AS WE CAN SEE ON THIS PICTURE, THE PLANE WAS ATTACKED BY A MYSTERY CIRCLE WITH A LITTLE TRIANGLE ON IT.

    Read more here.

    11. New Smoleńsk commission.

    Tomasz Wilczkiewicz / Via Giwera.pl

    The fact that the State Commission on Aircraft Accidents Investigation has already did all the work, and found that crash was caused by chain of human errors and failures to comply with the procedures does not bother Antoni Macierewicz at all. He just decided to have his own, better commission on Smoleńsk. With Black Jack! And Hookers!

    Well, actually, he did not went as far as Futurama's Bender, and sticked to just commision (at least from what we are told, as this commission seems to be strangely expensive). But there was a problem: no respectable expert wanted to have anything to do with it, so it ended up as a chaotic conglomerate of the scientists who have no idea about the topic, but firmly believe in the conspiracy theory. They make a laughing stock of themselves on regular basis, making experiments with hot dogs and drink cans or planning to mount a birch tree on the top of the car and then drive it into the wing of another Tupolev plane to see what will happen...

    Caption:
    GUYS, IT'S TIME TO GO BACK TO THE INSTITUTION

    Read more here

    12. In case that experts from the new commission fail to establish how it was with that assasination, they can always go and see the movie that explains everything.

    Via dlaczegonienapalm.wordpress.com

    Yes. There is a movie about Smoleńsk. It has been rated as one of the worst movies in history by IMDB community. Popular belief is that if the movie was done by Monty Python, it would be equally absurd, but at least funny...

    Watch trailer of Smoleńsk here

    13. But wannabe aviation experts are not the only ones who have been offered a new job.

    Via kwejk.pl

    Minister of Defence Antoni Macierewicz appointed a 19 year old son of his friends as his official advisor. But his career did not lasted long, as due to public pressure he had to dismiss him and find a replacement.

    Pictured:
    Top: Edmund Janniger and Antoni Macierewicz.
    Bottom: Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev.
    Caption:
    "HEAD OF MINISTRY OF DEFENCE HAS A NEW ADVISOR"

    Read more here.

    14. Golden boys of Minister Macierewicz.

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    The replacement had to meet expectations of minister Macierewicz, and he seem to require from his assistants to be just a young boys. So here is Bartłomiej Misiewicz, 25 years old former sales assistant in pharmacy, now a spokesperson for the ministry and, often, acting deputy minister. He lasted longer than just one month and even got a highest grade medal for merits in the national defence!

    Pictured:
    Bartłomiej Misiewicz, MOD spokesperson
    Antoni Macierewicz, Minister of Defence
    Caption:
    "HE WELL DESERVED IT. MORTAR AND PESTLE OR MORTAR AND BOMBS - IS THERE REALLY THAT MUCH DIFFERENCE?"

    Read more here.

    15. The Good Change happens not only in Ministry of Defence

    Paweł Kryński

    Bartłomiej Misiewicz's surname has became a synonim for the incompetent people who replaced experts at important job under the new goverment. There are thousands of Misiewiczs, and they are everywhere. Nothing was spared, even world famous stables of Arab horses had to say good buy to proffessionals, who worked there for decades. The new boss said, that he was always interesting in farming, so he can have a go in horse breeding.

    Captions:
    - SHE'S A BEAUTIFUL HORSE!
    - IT'S A DONKEY, BOSS.

    Read more here

    16. Some say, that placing incompetent people at the help of centuries old world famous stables was not exactly what Kaczyński had in mind...

    Via newsweek.pl

    Pictured:
    Beata Szydło (Prime minister) and Jarosław Kaczyński (Chairman of PiS)
    Caption:
    "WHEN I TOLD YOU TO DEAL WITH THAT ARAB PROBLEM, I DIDN'T MEANT HORSES!

    Read more here.

    17. People in public television were also replaced to ensure that citizens will be well informed.

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    Pictured:
    Anchor of the evening news
    Caption:
    "GOOD EVENING. WE WOULD LIKE TO START WITH THE INFORMATION, THAT PIS IS THE COOLEST PARTY IN THE WORLD"

    Read more here.

    18. Seems that Public TV is learning from the best.

    Via memy.pl

    Every January a huge event takes place all over Poland The Grande Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. People who donate money proudly wear a stickers with the Charity's logo - a read heart. For unknown reason PiS hates this charity and can't stand that they provide equipment worth millions to the hospices and hospitals. For many years right wing publicists and politicians were running a smear campaign, accusing the chairman of the charity of financial scams at the huge scale. This only encouraged people to pay more, so this year they have changed tactics and refuse to acknowledge its existence instead. This can be tricky sometimes, as during the Grand Finale, the Orchestra is everywhere and every second person on the street wears red hear, so when public TV interviewed an opposition MP, they had to digitally remove the red heart from his clothing.

    Caption:
    CENSORSHIP: THEN AND NOW.

    Read more here.

    19. But some silly charity event will not stop the march towards the Good Change.

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    And if they have nothning new to propose, at least they try to accuse their precedessors of mismanagement. Which might be a bit tricky when the new ministers have no idea about the resort they are supposed to run, as it is in case of Piotr Gliński, who was given a job of the minister of culture. Therefore he cut the funds to the organizations that are not right wing enough, claming that funding them was a waste of money.

    Pictured:
    Piotr Gliński, the Culture Minister
    Caption:
    "A TERRIBLE MISMANAGEMENTS WERE TAKING PLACE. THE FUNDS OF MINISTRY OF CULTURE WERE USED TO PRINT BOOKS AND FUND THEATRES!"

    Read more here.

    20. The international politics turned out to be tricky.

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    The plan for our foreign policy was to ditch Germans, French and our other friends and stick together with Hungarians and Britons in order to reform this terrible European Union. This worked only half way through - we managed to offend pretty everyone who liked us, but Britons turned their back on us and the whole European Union and Hungarians are getting cosy with Putin.

    Therefore minister Waszczykowski is desperate to find someone, who would like to speak with him and treat him seriously. He made some concessions to Belarus' Lukashenko, he has been establishing good relations with countries such like Andorra, and when he was really desperate, he was making something up, like the country of San Escobar.

    Pictured:
    Witold Waszczykowski, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
    Caption:
    "I HAVE ESTABLISHED TRADE RELATIONS WITH NARNIA, MIDDLE EARTH IS NEXT IN THE PIPELINE"

    Read more here.

    21. The country ensured highest level of anti-terrorist safety by starting to spy on it's own citizens.

    Via fb.com

    Pictured:
    Zbigniew Ziobro, Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General
    Caption:
    "IN ORDER TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF OUR SERVICES, EVERY CONVERSATION WILL BE RECORDED"

    Read more here.

    22. Terrorists might also hide in the forrest, you know.

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    It's propably why Jan Szyszko, environmental minister began a massive forestry clearances. And when he does something, he does it well, so national parks, including Primieval Forrest of Białowieża, will not be spared. The experts from allover the world lament, that this is a crime on the nature on unprecedented scale, but he knows some people as well - after all, he is a keen hunter, and who knows the forrest better than hunters? Therefore he quickly managed to establish his own panel of experts.

    Pictured:
    Jan Szyszko, environmental minister
    Caption:
    "ON THE ISSUE OF CUTTING TREES IN PUSZCZA BIAŁOWIESKA I HAVE CONSULTED MR STIHL AND MR HUSQVARNA"

    Read more here.

    23. But environment is a problem.

    Via mistrzowie.org

    Poland is one of the most polluted countries in Europe, and the fact that the new government virtually slaughtered Polish renevable energy industry and halted construction of the first nuclear power plant in Poland due to their love of coal, it seems that will not going to change anytime soon.

    But minister Szyszko investigated the matter and he blames:

    1. previous government (of course)

    2. Poles, who are not patriotic enough and instead of burning Polish coal, heat their homes with foreign coal of lower quality (those bloody foreigners, they are never willing to adjust themselves to our European values!)

    3. Nature. Yes, nature. Because what is smog? He heard somewhere that it is some kind of airborne particles. And particles are like a tiny bits of sand, right? So it is Sahara to blame. Sahara is a desert, so it's full of sand, and some of this sand is blown with the wind to Poland. Therefore, it's nature, nothing can be done about it, in your face, eco-leftists, you said you like nature, it's nature, so shut up!

    Caption:
    "MAYOR OF KRAKÓW (SECOND FROM THE LEFT) DENIES THAT AIR POLLUTION IN THE TOWN EXCEED SAFE LEVELS"

    Read more here.

    24. And where is the opposition in all that?

    Via memy.pl

    A Committee for Defence of Democracy, a grassroot movement that staged a huge marches in almost every major Polish town, evolved into some kind of para-political party. It emerged that its leader, Mateusz Kijowski, was avoiding paying alimentations to his children from previous marriage, and later he was accused of issuing some fake invoices for his alleged IT services in order to milk money from the organisation. It did not helped the Committee that due to lack of results was already loosing some impact.

    Pictured:
    Mateusz Kijowski
    Caption:
    "TWO INVOICES PLEASE!"

    Read more here.

    25. Since Platforma Obywatelska, previous ruling party seems to have no idea what to do when it found itself in the opposition, media try to portray leader of the newly emerged neo-liberal .Nowoczesna as a leader of the opposition.

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    Therefore for some time his face was omnipresent. He was running from one interview to another, and reporters were asking his opinion about every topic possible.

    Pictured:
    Ryszard Petru
    Caption:
    "TONIGHT'S DEBATE BETWEEN RYSZARD PETRU AND RYSZARD PETRU WILL BE HOSTED BY RYSZARD PETRU"

    More on Ryszard Petru here.

    26. To ensure that some leftist opposition won't dare to raise it head, PiS nurses extreme right wing.

    Via memy.pl

    While the official government narration is openly against migration (unless is us migrating elsewhere) and foreign influences (unless it's Poland that tells other countries what to do), there is a steep raise of chauvinist and xenophobic sentiments amongst Poles. The number of hate crimes rocketed sky high.

    Nationalist organizations at the verge of neo-nazism are promoted by government officials and right wing media as model patriots. They are encouraged to enter the mainstream and all their excesses are promptly covered or tortously explained.

    Caption:
    "ROMAN SALUTE, ANCIENT SYMBOL OF THE SUN, THE CROSS OF THE MOTORHEAD - YOU CALL HIM A FASCIST, AND PERHAPS HE IS JUST A PATRIOT?

    Why is Polish youth so right wing? Read here.

    27. The next stage of Good Change will require taking over local government. Gerrymandering has just begun.

    Via orynski.eu

    PiS knows, that they have no chance to win in the cities like Warsaw. But they have noticed, that surrounding parishes are more likely to vote for them. Therefore they proposed a new bill, that would spread the borders of Warsaw to include some villages in the back of beyond and change statute of Warsaw city council in such a way, that a vote of councillor from the village of 13000 people will have the same weight as the one representing 130 000 Warsaw residents.

    Read more here.

    28. Those are not only important geographical changes.

    Via demotywatory.pl

    City of Opole already carried on the anschluss of the surrounding parishes, despite fierce opposition from it's residents (there were even hunger strikes). Some other PiS politicians propose a reform of the Polish administrative division, demanding cutting out one or two new departament. But all that is nothing compared to another idea of the Defence Minister. He decided to move Navy Shipyards to Radom, an inland city located approx 100 km south of the capitol.

    Picture:
    Characters from the movie "Hunt for Red October"
    Caption:
    "NOW THE TRICKY BIT: WE HAVE TO REACH SHIPYARDS IN RADOM!"

    Read more about the reasons behind expansion of Opole here.

    29. Only God can save us.

    Via fb.com

    ...so perhaps it is not that bad, that PiS have just crowned Jesus Christ as the King of Poland. Maybe this will draw his attention to what is going on in this poor country, and he will come down to sort it out for us...

    Captions:
    - FATHER, BUT WHY POLAND?
    - YOU SAID THAT YOURSELF: MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD

    Read more here.

    30. And who knows, perhaps he is already trying to get his message across?

    Via orynski.eu

    Because you know, just in 2010 year, we've lost a bunch of our VIP's in a presidential plane crash. Less then year ago the presidential limo went off the road after it's driver lost control at high speed due to tyre explosion. Few weeks ago column carrying minister Antoni Macierewicz ploughed into a row of car awaiting at red light. And just last week the limo carrying Prime Minister has crashed into the tree.

    Some say that this is just a result of ignoring procedures, speeding and bravado of the government drivers. But perhaps, just perhaps, it is indeed the King of Poland himself trying to reach the PiS politicians. Maybe this is his way to let them know, that they should stop and rethink what they are doing?

    Caption:
    "CONGRESS OF PIS POLITICIANS"

    Read more here.