IN A NUTSHELL 33/2019-20
WILL SMALL FLATS GO OUT OF FASHION?
Better to have a tiny flat in the centre or a bigger one somewhere in the suburbs? — that’s a question that many people ask themselves. Until now, the trend over the last years has clearly shown that more and more people choose city life, causing cities to grow and small towns and villages to desert. This may change now. An example of Kate Jones, an illustrator who lives in Paris, proves going for the urban option is often connected to living on a very small area. Kate’s apartment is just 9 square metres in size, which obviously means all has to be fit into one room: a kitchen, a bedroom, a place to work, rest and invite your friends to. Many busy professionals would normally not mind having such a flat because they spend most of their time at work or somewhere else outside. Now, however, spaces which are that cramped are very difficult to live in when you just can’t go to a park or to a cafe, even to work. In case of bigger apartments either for individuals or the whole families another problems lurks in the shadows. In the uncertain situation caused by the pandemic a big group of people is just 2 or 3 months away from a bank taking their flat because of unpaid rent or installments. Anna Dziewit-Meller claims some of them may decide or have to decide to come back to their parents who live in smaller towns/villages and start living together. This would create an interesting trend of de-urbanization. Would this be a good thing?
TO VOTE OR NOT TO VOTE
Situation around the upcoming elections is developing everyday. Law and Justice wanted to organize them on May 10 by mail. They pointed out that according to the Polish constitution, presidential elections must be held before the 24th May. Other parties were against that idea. Even though the necessary bills had not been legalised yet, the Polish post started preparation. They announced a mobilization of the postmen — there are 26 thousand of them, but only 15 thousands are working right now. The institution decided to pay them extra PLN 1.54 for every single delivered election package. It will lead to about 3,000 zlotys bonus for a statistical postman. The post is going to ask their workers to engage their families who will work on special contracts. The packages will be delivered in pairs: a postman and one other post worker, in the role of a witness, making sure the parcel reached the letterbox. If you do not have one, postmen can put the package on the fence. The post also needed to collect address data of all citizens, which also was a little bit problematic. The Senate waited a long time with proceeding the bill which would make the elections on May 10 legal and finally on May 6 they rejected the project, making the voting impossible. What is going to happen now? The Marshall of the Sejm will announce on May 10 that the elections have not taken place and therefore are not valid. Consequently, she will propose a new date. In the next days we will observe whatever is going on with the democratic voting with great interest.
CONTROVERSIES ABOUT KOWALSKA’S CONCERT
On Saturday May 2nd, a concert of a famous Polish singer – Kasia Kowalska – took place in Ciechanów. It was a part of the ‘Koncertowanie pod blokiem’ project and its fifth event. The idea was that the residents would listen to concerts from windows or balconies. ‘If you are present on or near the venue of the concerts, you should keep a safe distance of two meters from each other, cover your mouth and nose and follow the sanitary rules’- the organizers appealed (Ciechanowski Ośrodek Edukacji Kulturalnej and the City Hall). And at first, people actually followed the rules. However, the situation got out of control during the last song when the singer herself asked the people scattered all over the place to come up closer to the stage and sing together a ‘happy birthday’ for her daughter, who was celebrating that day. As a result, the case has been dealt with by the prosecutor’s office and the police, who are now investigating whether there has been any exposure to danger of loss of life or health of Ciechanów residents. In addition a wave of criticism poured out on the singer. The district sanitary inspectorate said it was against the organization of the ‘Koncertowanie pod blokiem’ project, which he informed the city authorities about earlier. The administration of the event may be threatened with a fine of up to 30 000 PLN.
SAMSUNG HEIR NOT HANDING THE COMPANY OVER TO HIS CHILDREN
On Wednesday, May 6th 2020, Jay Y. Lee – the CEO of Samsung – announced that he was not planning to pass the business down to his children. Lee started managing the company after his dad Lee Kun-hee had suffered a heart-attack and was left incapacitated in 2014. In 2017 he (Jay Y. Lee, not his dad) was convicted of bribery „linked to the company’s succession and the downfall of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye” in what was dubbed „the trial of the century”. He came out of jail in 2018 and this past Wednesday admitted that Samsung „failed, at times, to meet society’s expectations” and that is was his fault. He clarified the reason for keeping his kids out was the harsh reality of the business world. He also acknowledged that it would be „irresponsible to speak on succession issues” when he himself „has not been properly proven yet.” Samsung is South Korea’s biggest company, or a family of companies; its combined businesses account for about 15% of the country’s entire economy – interestingly enough, the firm started as a small grocery store in 1930s. It’s unclear whether Lee’s two children (who are now 23 and 16) were relieved, devastated or couldn’t care less about their father’s decision. Or whether he is just making a PR stunt to make it seem like expertise (not birthright) are now the foundation of Samsung’s future.
- Living in big city nowadays is still the best option.
- The elections should never be postponed.
- Artists should organise concerts in the times of pandemic.
- Management succession by birth is wrong.