“We are living in an Orwellian state and we need to be aware of that.”

In the ongoing discussion over the Eames/Bradley group’s consultation I’ve been pointing on occasion to a previous post noting Tim Garton Ash’s CiF piece on Poland’s experience – “Delay has its own heavy price. The poison accumulates in the system.” So it shouldn’t be a surprise that, even if the accusations made against Polish prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his twin brother Lech, the president, are untrue, this report would interest me.. Note, even if they are false, the accusations themselves are indicative of a society which is still infected by a posion that it has failed to fully extract. From the Reuters report in the Irish Times [subs req]

Polish prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski faced a growing outcry yesterday over accusations that his secret services had spied on politicians, an affair some commentators have branded a “Polish Watergate”.
Former prime minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz joined the fray, saying he had grounds to suspect he was spied on when in office and that Poland had become an “Orwellian state”.
“I cannot rule out that I was eavesdropped on,” he told private TVN television yesterday. “We are living in an Orwellian state and we need to be aware of that.”
Mr Kaczynski is pushing for a snap election in October after the acrimonious collapse of his coalition with fringe anti-EU parties, which deprived him of a majority in parliament.
The main opposition parties have agreed to hold an election two years early. But they want a parliamentary inquiry first into the spying allegations and what they call abuse of power by Mr Kaczynski and his twin brother Lech, the president.
The allegations were fuelled by former interior minister Janusz Kaczmarek, sacked in July, and by Mr Kaczynski’s ex-coalition partners.

And the former interior minister Janusz Kaczmarek is now reported to have been arrested on charges of obstructing justice..