We are only a little over 220 days away from the elections to the European Parliament, which is the high time to start talking about them. In the current Happy Monday, we looked at the likely composition of female candidates for the upcoming European elections and chose the most ridiculous of them.
But in the Happy Podcast, as usual, we decided to look into the past and ask: which elections brought the most fascinating results, over which, even after so many years, we raise our eyebrows in surprise and underline them with a disapproving squiggle?
“The very first European elections in 2004 were interesting because there were even more people who you would never say would want or even be able to get into the European Parliament. And you know who really got there that time? Fanfare please – Jana Bobošíková. And by the way, she was on a candidate called Nezávislí together with Vladimír Železný, the then owner of Nova. But of course they had time to argue before the next election,” Jindřich Šídlo describes the complicated history of ancient electoral pacts and alliances.
But as Konstantin Sulimenko reminds, it was not the only fun grouping in the first race for the positions of MEPs: “The party Viktor Koženy – Civic Federal Democracy also ran”. And this despite the fact that Viktor Koženy had already been on the run in the Bahamas for many years at that time.
But not only the 2004 elections were worth it. Of course, we will also bring you all possible entertaining observations from 2009, 2014 and 2019 in the current Happy podcast.
What paper, namely the display, can handle
In the second part, Tereza Povolná and I again focused on social networks and what politicians are capable of writing on them. There was no shortage of topics this time – October 28 brought a whole range of network anecdotes.
“On this holiday, the Minister of Defense Jana Černochová stole the biggest window of fame and attention for herself. But I would like to say that we here at the Šťastný podcast may have predicted it, because we already discussed here in one of the previous episodes of this season that Jana Černochová has a special hobby. And that is tweeting, i.e. posting on social network X, in the late hours,” Povolná describes.
We are talking about the contribution that Jana Černochová started the debate on whether the Czech Republic should withdraw from the United Nations. And she also started it in the Šťastné podcast.
I know that today is an important day for 🇨🇿 and we want to celebrate our 105th anniversary of the republic. But this simply cannot be time-barred, forgive me. Exactly 3 weeks ago, Hamas murdered more than 1,400 Israelis, which is more victims per their population than the militant Islamist… pic.twitter.com/gd1hk8vdZU
— Jana Cernochova (@jana_cernochova) October 28, 2023
“There’s not much to discuss,” Sulimenko shrugs, “Jana Černochová wrote ******** and I think she knows it well. What the Minister is proposing is like if you have a big family gathering in the living room and a racist grandpa comes in, but instead of cursing at the racist grandpa, you cursing at the living room and yelling that you’re going to leave the living room and you will never return to it.”
“Okay, but why does that racist grandfather have the right to veto what we have for dinner?” counters Jindřich Šídlo, “but I wouldn’t stand up or dissolve the UN either, because I’d like to go and see their beautiful barracks in New York.”
In the end, who won the very learned academic debate on the subject of the United Nations? You will find that out at the end of the Happy Podcast. You can play it either in your favorite podcast application or in the player at the beginning of the article. And we’ll be back in a week with the next episode.
The satirical program Šťastné Monday is published every Monday at eight in the morning on the Nauzal website.
That evening, you can also listen to the Šťastný podcast, in which we take you behind the scenes of the production of the popular show. In the podcast afterparty, we analyze what didn’t fit into the current episode and serve up a thorough analysis of the political bizarreness on social networks.
Performers include Jindřich Šídlo, screenwriter Konstantin Sulimenko, producer Ondřej Lasák and docent of Instagram Tereza Povolná.