It seems that the campaign for this year’s municipal elections has already started in full swing in Prague. How will the Free Enter them?
Svobodné, despite several offers of coalition cooperation, decided to run for the city council. m of Prague to go alone. Personally, I believe that we will be clearly identifiable and legible for voters. Our right-wing recipe for the functioning of Prague will be unique and significantly different for the candidates. I firmly believe that Svobodné will be the first choice for those Praguers who want to live, work and move freely in their city. Enough of the four-year pirate experiment with the support of activists from Prague Sobě. We will not order anyone to drive or cycle. We will not decide how the property owner should handle it. We will not make the center of Prague an open-air museum and make life difficult for local entrepreneurs. We will let Prague and Praguers breathe freely!
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Four years ago, Svobodné ran on a joint list of candidates with the ODS. Why did you not agree to continue this cooperation this year? Didn’t you have a free interest in it or did the ODS not want you?
It must be said that cooperation must be mutually beneficial. After considering all the pros and cons, we and the ODS mutually decided that the political situation had not made enough cooperation and lacked efficiency. After all, after the parliamentary elections, the ODS decided to repeat the TOTAL model, where its coalition partners are already far from the philosophy of the Free Ones. On the contrary, the Free People are experiencing an increase in electoral preferences, people expect us to resonate our thoughts and opinions in the public sphere, and not to be quietly hidden in some “conglomerate”. We have thus quite correctly agreed with the ODS on the end of cooperation, but I remain with my colleague Jiří Kubíček in the ODS club until the end of the election period. It is then appropriate to thank the colleagues from the ODS for the past four years, I believe that this was a mutually high-quality cooperation and I will be happy to remember this period.
To what extent was the obstacle to cooperation in the elections at the Prague City Hall the way in which Petr Fiala’s cabinet seized power in our country. The singles often hide their criticism of some of the Czech government’s actions …
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Of course, you are right in this regard. Although in economically difficult times, the ruling party still makes a lot of fundamental mistakes, which Svobodné point out. In the case of a joint municipal candidate with government parties, we would thus hardly maintain public confidence. No one would take our criticism seriously, on the contrary, we would be thrown out of “Prague fraternization”. Of course, this does not apply to elections to the councils of smaller districts or municipalities, where it is primarily about people and not about parties.
The current mayor, Zdeněk Hřib, let it be heard that he would like the current coalition to continue at the municipality for the next four years. What do you think about it? How satisfied are you with the current management of the metropolis?
I firmly believe that the current coalition is experiencing the last month of its existence and will never meet anything like this in Prague again. Ask people how they like the traffic situation. How do tenants live in city apartments? How are sports clubs for children and young people doing? How satisfied are restaurant owners and fiakrists with throwing sticks at their feet in connection with their trade? And so on and so forth. Whatever area we look at, it’s just confusion and chaos. The only thing this coalition can do is to make life more expensive for Prague, to own PR, to employ a record number of mayor’s advisers, to have bike lanes, to bully car owners, and last but not least to “allocate subsidies to friendly” non-profits. Not only is Prague stagnating, but it is unfortunately turning back in time in its development.
The big topic of municipal elections in Prague will undoubtedly be increasing the availability of housing. However, this topic often remains at the level of pre-election promises. What recipe for your Voters Free?
Let’s pour clean wine, the issue of housing cannot be resolved in one election period. He who claims this in his program is a liar. The Liberals, as a party that proudly espouses capitalism, will always say that suitable conditions need to be created for developers. Unfortunately, due to political activists, the word developer has become a de facto obscene or even derogatory word, and housing construction has slowed considerably. The lack of flats then, of course, results in a higher price, and when demand exceeds supply… Furthermore, it is enough, for example, how many unused flats he owns. m Prague and individual city districts. From my experience in Prague 3, I know how long the renovation of an apartment takes and how long the apartment is unoccupied. Here, of course, the city should own a minimum of apartments, sell the rest in a completely transparent manner. However, the current city management sees this issue in the opposite direction, not to sell anything, and on the contrary to build city apartments. However, we know how the city takes care of its property in the form of a housing stock, except for the necessary accidents, it does not give a penny to take care of the apartment building.
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Probably the most watched topic will be traffic, especially at a time when traffic in Prague was restricted on the busy Barrandov Bridge. How do you think the metropolis is prepared for this reconstruction? Has the municipality taken every opportunity to help drivers cope?
After the initial days of the reconstruction of the Barrandov Bridge, the situation on the site looks relatively good so far, and I must admit that I am pleasantly surprised. Personally, I expected a “traditional parking lot”. Deputy Scheinherr and his colleagues in the ruling coalition will surely fight their breasts as they have done well. But I would not completely overestimate their merits. Rather, it is necessary to appreciate drivers who are accustomed to day-to-day convoys, in the case of the Barrandov Bridge, feared the worst and found suitable alternative routes themselves.
However, poorly coordinated road repairs have become a frequent target of criticism of today’s municipal management. In your opinion, was this criticism justified?
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Do you drive? If so, you can certainly answer for yourself. Corrections are, of course, necessary and will take place in every election period, but there was a lack of coordination under the current leadership of Prague. More than once we came across the fact that due to the “digging” of more streets, a suitable detour was missing. And to make matters worse for the driver, after the road repairs were completed, the road narrowed thanks to the ubiquitous cycle lanes and green and white balisets. This coalition unequivocally told the people of Prague to get on their bikes and pedal or be squeezed into public transport in respirators.
For example, the ODS announced that if it was successful in the elections, it would cancel the cycle lanes. What do you think about this idea?
If the ODS takes this seriously, the Svobodné will be very happy to join this initiative. Let’s build bike paths where they make sense, let’s not illogically paint bike lanes on traffic arteries. This illogicality not only restricts traffic, but is above all a hazard to the health of cyclists.
To change the leader of the Prague formation, Jan Čižinský suggests that all restaurants in Prague have to let tourists to the toilet for free. Would you support this proposal?
I definitely do not support this proposal. This is another ill-conceived populist move by Mr Čižinský. As we have all had the opportunity to know, Mr Čižinský’s movement is politically incomprehensible, without a program, so it comes up with similar fads. As you could see in practice, Svobodné in recent days demonstrated this idea in a humorous way to Mr. Čižinský in practice, when they placed the sign “Public WC U Čižinských” at its location. So far, I have not heard that Mr. Čižinský would let one of the passers-by into the toilet. So, as usual, Mr. Čižinský preaches water, but drinks wine himself.
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author: Karel Výborný