Robert Biedron and his chances at next parliamentary elections in Poland

Author : Natalia Lebed

Source : 112 Ukraine

The configuration of the ratings of Polish leading political forces was broken by a new party of Robert Biedron, which ranks third in terms of electoral support
09:30, 20 February 2019

Gazeta Wyborcza

The configuration of the ratings of Polish leading political forces was broken by a new party of Robert Biedron, which ranks third in terms of electoral support.

Parliamentary elections will soon take place not only in Ukraine. Neighboring Poland is also preparing for this major event. The latest measurements of electoral sympathies are impressive: until recently, the unknown party "Spring" (Wiosna) is breaking into the third place. 14% of respondents are ready to vote for the political force created by the former mayor of Slupsk city and the first openly gay politician of the country Robert Biedroń. Only “political heavyweights” are ahead of him: the right-wing conservative party Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc, PiS) with 29% support and the opposition Civic Coalition (created on the basis of the well-known Civic Platform party - Platforma Obywatelska) with their 20%. Such data were released by Polish resource Onet.

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Six months ago, in August 2018, the balance of power was different. The country was preparing for local elections, and Law and Justice held leading positions with 34% of the votes. Then Civic Coalition came with 26%, followed by the Polish Peasant Party with 12% and the Union of Left Democrats with 10% of support. No one even talked about "Spring" party, although the Poles, of course, have heard about the mayor of Slupsk. The latter has actively exploited the topic of economic instability, pointing to its two main culprits - "Law and Justice" and "Civic Coalition." And they were too busy fighting among themselves and did not notice the growth of a serious competitor late.

Catch the bear before you sell his skin

The election threshold is 5% in Poland. If by the autumn of this year the "Spring" continues its popularity growth, it would easily get into parliament. And if it makes efforts and builds up some more muscles in its rating, it will be able to get the seats in the European Parliament.

It is rumored that after the term of office of the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, expires (at the end of the year), he would return back home. And since Tusk is a prominent representative of the Civil Platform, political life in Poland might become more lively and more complex. Undoubtedly, Tusk’s opponent, the current President of Poland and a member of the Law and Justice Party, Andrzej Duda, who would have elections next year, is becoming more active.

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It is clear that with the appearance of Biedron’s "Spring", conservative Catholic Poland began to change. Robert Biedroń was born on April 13, 1976, in Rymanów, in the south-east of Poland, was raised in Krosno, Subcarpathian Voivodeship, Poland. His mother belonged to the Solidarity trade union movement, while his father was a member of the Polish Communist Party.

According to Еastbook, parents of the future politician never lived richly, and Leszek Balcerowicz’s reforms (transformation of the country with a planned economy into a country with a market economy) have deprived them of their work.

The head of the family was violent with his wife and four children, so Robert left home early. He has received the following education: PhD in political sciences at Pułtusk Academy of Humanities (2011), completion diploma of Warsaw School for Political Leaders (2010), completion diploma of School of Human Rights at Helsinki Committee for Human Rights (2006), absolutory and then bachelor's degree in economy at Kazimierz Pułaski Technical University of Radom (2001 and 2010), Master's degree in political science at University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (2000), absolutory (certificate of completion of studies but not licentiate nor master's degree) of civil law at Jagiellonian University (1999).

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At the age of 22 he entered the "Social Democrats of the Republic of Poland" (then the "Union of Left-Democrats"), he was connected with this political force until 2005.

In 2002, for the first time, he tried to nominate himself for election (then the people of Warsaw voted for the deputies of the city council). Young Biedroń received only 451 votes. Unsuccessful was also an attempt to get into the Sejm in three years. This is how the ties between Biedroń and the Union of Left Democrats was over. 

 35 promises for 35 billion

Biedron has his own program. However, its practical implementation is questionable. So, Robert Biedron promises the following: a monthly supplement of 500 zlotys (130 USD) for each child brought up in the family, and 1,200 zlotys (300 USD) if a family has a child with special needs. Also the minimum pension of 1600 zlotys (420 USD). He also proposes the establishment of the minimum wage at 60% of the national average and opening 250 thousand new places in kindergartens. And yet, the waiting period for a doctor’s appointment is no longer than 30 days. In general, Biedron has issued "35 promises for 35 billion zlotys" – this is how calls his program.

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When being in the electoral tour in Silesia, the politician promised that the Polish constitution would also sound in Silesian (approximately 509 thousand Poles speak Silesian).

Biedron promised to close all coal mines until 2035, introducing the use of more environmentally friendly and economical energy sources.

Who is Robert Biedron? Shameless populist and manipulator or the genius of economic and ecological management? Time will show; that remains to be seen.

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