Bohuslav Svoboda: Boletus was my student, he is the worst and does nothing for Prague! New street names are cheap
You have been an ordinary member of parliament for many years, and you have been leading the House Health Committee since this year. Why did you decide to go to war for the mayor’s chair?
It’s a very young story. About a month ago, the Prague leadership of the ODS came to me wondering if I would be willing to think about it. We talked about all things. For example, where to move Prague. I already thought that I would not run for the municipality, that I already had enough work. But during those discussions, I finally said I would do it again.
How did your family feel about that?
Of course, the family doesn’t like to see it. I’m a little at home and now I won’t be there at all. But the truth is that when I was mayor for the first time, they were not happy about it at first, but in the end they created a strong background for me. I already know that I will have their support. It doesn’t even work without it. When you don’t have it done at home, it’s hard to do things like that.
Of all the candidates, you are clearly the oldest. But now that I’ve seen you run up the stairs, I have no doubt that you’re still in decent shape.
This is a tradition in our family. My grandfather, when he was expelled from the Chamber of Deputies because he did not fit the Communists, took an ax, went to the Krč Forest and worked there as a lumberjack. He did it until he was about 93 years old, then he tipped the guerrilla and said he didn’t like it anymore. He stopped smoking and chopping wood and died at the age of 96. I keep telling myself that if I don’t succeed, I’ll take an ax and go chop the wood in the woods. This is how I look at age.
And now seriously?
I have no health problem. Of course, that can change at any time. After all, I make a living from medicine and I know that everything can be different from hour to hour.
Do you still play sports regularly?
It’s getting worse. I played tennis twice a week, now I only go once. But I still ski at full speed, I have to manage that. The bike was also weaker due to the covid pandemic, but I have a period of top athletes, I was used to training in three phases, so there was some muscle left in me.
He could no longer communicate with people at the faculty
There will be a very spicy situation in the upcoming municipal elections. You will try to remove your former student from the faculty, Zdeněk Hřiby, from the position of mayor.
Yes, I know him very well. I tried it at the state.
How did it affect you then?