So it started already! The interviewer was really prepared and knew what are the most controversial and irrelevant things he says.. And I’m really surprised how he is so unable to deal with the media, one would expect that from him after more than 25 years in the politics.
Anyway, now to explain a few things. Janusz Korwin-Mikke is an eccentric, that’s rather obvious.
Most of these are his personal views; in no party documents, statutes, etc. is there a word about them. And party members or supporters mostly disagree with them, because it’s not what the party is all about.
- Women shouldn't be allowed to vote
Well, he also says nobody should be allowed to vote, because he personally believes in monarchy. But yeah, he indeed says that. It’s not a part of the program, and I don’t agree.
- Whoever gives money to unemployed people should have their hands chopped off
Oh how I love his colourful metaphors. Not ‘whoever’, but ‘the state’. It’s a difference, because you are free to do whatever you want with your money, so you can give it to whoever you want. However, Korwin-Mikke is strongly against redistribution of wealth, and that unemployment grants make the unemployed lazier. (“Why should the working people be punished for their work [in the form of income taxes], and unemployed rewarded for their unemployment?”) It is a part of the program, and I do agree.
- Health care should never be free
Exactly. It should be privatized. Public healthcare is quite a modern invention, and isn’t necessary. Part of their program, and I agree.
- Hitler didn't know about the Holocaust
He never said that. He said that there is no evidence for it, which is true AFAIK. He is indifferent to that, because we’ll never know for sure. But IIRC there’s a reward of £1 million for anyone who finds it... But it’s irrelevant, I don’t know why he even bothers, especially as a politician..
- People who go to jail should be regularly whipped
Hmm, never heard that one, so I can’t really comment.
- He has whipped his sons frequently when they were growing up (to make them strong men)
And I don’t understand why it matters, it’s his personal life.
The interviewer was prepared but not enough. I’ll help you find controversial things he said. The most recent one was “women like to be raped” (not actual quote, just a catchy headline), or “Paralympics are like chess competition for morons”.
It certainly gives him publicity, and time on screen, which he most probably wouldn’t get speaking “normally”. The proof is that he is the most recognizable conservative liberal in Poland, media don’t care about others, because others aren’t that eccentric. They try to show him in bad light, so they invite him to talk about Hitler, cripples, and women, but then he talks about serious and important stuff.
And it works. Women support and vote for KNP, disabled support and vote for KNP, and especially young people. The future looks bright for KNP, you just need to look at polls in high schools and universities, like this one
. On Facebook he is the most “liked” Polish politician, and KNP is the most liked party. So, again, it works. Controversies bring publicity, and then he can talk about the important stuff.
meidei wrote:xivrox has stated that he believes in all those policies in the past from the future, so what's surprising here?
Here, fixed that for you. But no, not all.
UKIP is cool btw, I like Nigel Farage’s speeches, and I hope Korwin-Mikke will do the same.
Half of the Polish people I know have voted for this party.