‚All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.’ (Orwell, 1945) – British press about the political situation in Poland
Good morning everyone!
It has been a week since my last post on this blog. It has happened a lot, especially in a political context. On Thursday evening we were able to hear that the abortion law had been hailed ‚unconstitutional’. This information was reported by the Polish constitutional court. The Polish have started their protest against the ruling changes in the law. Moreover, the opinion is widely attacked by many right groups in the EU, or even around the world.
I thought that it was worth expressing what the British newspapers had informed about the fundamental crisis in the post-communist country.
Enjoy the reading.
Let’s begin with the most eminent publishing news company – the BBC UK.
The first article named: ‚Poland abortion ruling: Protests spread across the country’ (BBC, 2020) informs about the strict abortion law in Poland. Poland pointed out to be one of the most firmly Roman Catholic countries in Europe. Furthermore, it is reported that the Polish Episcopal Conference has an extraordinary impact on the current, ruling right-wing party – PiS.
The photos exposed in the news depict the opposing protestants on the streets of plenty of Polish cities like Cracow, Warsaw, Gdansk, and Poznan. In addition, the journalist mentions a group of activists demostrating in front of Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s house – the leader of the PiS party.
‚Catholic Poland tightens abortion laws, making it illegal to end a pregnancy due to foetal defects – sparking protests across the country’ (DailyMail, 2020).
The writer of this post draws attention to the brutal response of the police towards the protestants. There is a dazzling array of photos of riots and people treated in a cruel manner, for instance, a sobbing woman who was exposed to the police which had used tear gas.
Another opinion is based on the speech of the editor in ‚The Observer view on Poland’s draconian abortion ban’ (The Guardian, 2020).
The author starts his article with such a powerful, but honest, point of view: ‚This oppressive decision is part of a slide towards authoritarianism that began in earnest after the rightwing populist Law and Justice party (PiS) of Jarosław Kaczyński won an absolute majority in 2015.’
Does it mean that the British media aims in the party’s way leading to the dictatorship?
I intend to quote two fragments of ‚Animal Farm’ by George Orwell, a noble British publicist and author of a plethora of novels.
The Commandments were written on the tarred wall in great white letters that could be read thirty yards away. They ran thus:‚Animal Farm’, George Orwell (1945)
THE SEVEN COMMANDMENTS
1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
3. No animal shall wear clothes.
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
7. All animals are equal.
No sooner than that, the regulations have unexpectedly ‚developed’.
THE SEVEN COMMANDMENTS‚Animal Farm’, George Orwell (1945)
1. Two legs become better than four.
2. An animal which walks on four legs or has wings is an enemy.
3. The pigs shall wear clothes.
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.
5. No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.
6. No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.
7. All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.
Isn’t it ironic?
I hope you have enjoyed it!
Have a peaceful weekend.