A scandal is brewing in the Czech Republic following reports the Social Democratic Party has been monitoring the phone calls and communications made by members of the party who serve in parliament. An unnamed deputy commented: “They keep files, monitor telephone calls and try to stay ready.” It is apparent from the reports made by members of the party that leadership seeks to keep a tight control over members in order to ensure their parliamentary proposals get pushed through. Miroslav Siout, who holds a key position as adviser to top leadership, admits “during the presidential campaign a few deputies told me they had been called to CSSD headquarters where they were questioned about telephone calls they had made.”
The outside world always hoped that when nations which had suffered under control by the Soviet Union finally got their freedom they would become models of democracy. No such occurrence has ever taken place. East European nations are just like any others in the world– filled with politicians seeking power.