I’ve been in Germany for two days. I was mostly busy reading, so I didn’t bother going online, except today I thought I might have important e-mails or something, so I decided to check my e-mail accounts.
There was an e-mail from my mum saying ‘so, do you know about the crash yet?’.
And I thought, whaa, what crash??? So I checked the news and, bloody fucking hell, the presidential plane with 96 people on board, including the president Kaczynski, his wife, his guests, six generals, one vice-admiral, nine priests of various religions and denominations, fourteen MPs (including Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka who was a nice MP and a supporter of women’s rights movement), ona national bank president, one civil rights commissioner, aides, guests, security guys, and the crew, crashed, and everybody died.
What is this I don’t even O_O
ETA: OK, I sort of almost believe now that it actually happened o_O Almost.
Much better coverage of the crash can be read here. They’re now saying there were 98 persons, not 96 on the plane (I mean, not on Beebs, on telly).
The thing is, many of the people who died in the crash were, sort of, a permanent fixture in the media. Many of them were a common laughing-stock, basically, and their death makes them serious and real, possibly for the first (and certainly last) time in their career. This is sad.
The thing about the plane being too old. Well. I distinctly remember one of the previous government’s plans to replace it, which were followed by a tabloid campaign against politicians spending their indolent lives surrounded by undeserved luxury, cue the enraged unwashed masses. The government finally gave in. I don’t remember which government it was; either the one formed by the late president’s brother, or the social democratic one before. I’ll look for links later.
ETA2: To all those people who are totes happy that “the standards of Polish political life will improve now that Kaczynski is dead”.
Yeah, he was crazy nationalist wacko. I didn’t like him either. But, you know, civilised people “get rid of” politicians bybloody voting against them and NOT by wishing they die/enjoying it when they do indeed die.
And this isn’t just about Kaczynski. There were many other people on that plane. Kaczynski’s wife was on that plane. She was a nice person, pro-feminist, at least as much as she could be while being married to a right wing nationalist politician. Several politicians from the opposition were on that plane. There were the crew. There were the families of people who were killed in the Katyn massacre.
Saying that you’re happy about the plane crashing is in bad taste, appalling, pathetic, and stupid, and even if you want to pose as the sort of edgy arshole who enjoys the death of his or her political opponent, you could at least refrain from doing so in public for the sake of other victims and their families.