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A former Polish prime minister has poured scorn on the idea of the country’s citizens voting online, claiming net users are too busy boozing and surfing porn. Arch conservative Jaroslaw Kaczynski was ousted from his post last year, though his twin brother, Lech, retains the presidency of the country. The brothers’ party is …

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As a polish citizen, I am truly ashamed of this guy...

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get a what ?

"I am not an enthusiast of a young person sitting in front of a computer, watching video clips and pornography while sipping a bottle of beer and voting when he feels like it,"

Not far from reality. I'm glad to be born late enough to miss that. Social life is so 20st century.

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Paris Hilton

As usually delusional

Mr Kaczynski should not extrapolate his personal Internet preferences to the whole population of his country.

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Surely the answer is simple?

In booth porn and beer at every polling station! Motivates people to vote and levels the playing field!

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Ahh, yes...

...it's just like the good ol' south in the USA. Drinkin', smokin', and votin'.

WTF?

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Missing the point

Surely that's the reason why it's a good idea. If you're too pissed to go and vote you can do it from the comfort of your keyboard.

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Paris Hilton

Porn!!!

You can get porn on this thing.

And to think of all the time I have wasted walking to the newsagent for a dirty mag.

Next thing you know innocent ol' Paris will have dirty videos and pics online.

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Paris Hilton

Only in Poland

Wonder where he stores his piles of cash then... or does he blow everything on real 'live' hookers?

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Turkeys voting for Xmas again.

But surely, someone sat at home pissed is far more likely to vote for a fascist tw*t than someone sober at a public polling booth?

He ought to have a rethink.

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But the internet *is* for porn!

There's a song about it, and everything!

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woah

This is the first time I've ever heard a politician who seems to "get" the internet!

Regardless of his politics he seems to understand the internet a million times better then our "masshup/wiki/blogging/youtubing" obsessed bullpoop artists known as MPS.

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His bank account

He ~does~ have a bank account. It's swiss.

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Paris Hilton

Polish booze ain't beer!

A friend of mine recently returned from a trip to Poland, where she has relatives. She brought back with her a bottle of real Polish homebrew vodka (don't ask me how she got it through the airport!), and believe me, this stuff was pure fucking rocket fuel! One shot did my head in for the night; it must be damn near 95% pure ethanol!

Funny thing is, she says her cousins over there (and most of the village apparently) chugalugged about half a litre of this coffin polish for BREAKFAST, before going off to work! And I might add she holds her own liquor rather well, too; I wouldn't engage in a sculling contest against her...

So if our esteemed Polish drinking buddies are chugging anything at all while surfing their pr0n, it sure as hell ain't beer, and no doubt the pr0n looks positively psychedelic through those ethanol goggles! So take warning: don't try to drink a Pole under the table. You WILL lose!

Paris because she's another lady who holds her liquor rather well...

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Cant let this one go

"easy to manipulate online" Well thats freedom of choice and freedom of information. No wonder he anint in power!

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Stunning resemblance

if memory serves, we had a Ted here in the US, with a similar last name, who also led a rustic existence and publicized his very odd ideas, backed up by mail bombs.

he was the Unabomber, a celebrity of sorts (if terrorists qualify).

any relation?

to be fair, he came from the other side of the political (and education, socio-ecenomic) spectrum, only to arrive at a very similar place (which goes to show, once you go around the bend, it's all pretty much the same).

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Internet not the best way to cast votes in Poland at present.

As much as I personally dislike Mr Kaczynski I do agree with his valid point about internet not being exactly best way to cast votes in Poland at present. Finland or Singapore with their hight broadband penetration rates could try this. But not Poland. Implementation of such online polling system does not warrant higher turnover at elections. You can find out if you research this topic thoroughly I am sure. So if you decided to implement online voting in Poland you would have to maintain the old "off-line" system, too and make sure that both systems can exchange data effectively so that there is no double voting etc. This is risky, and above all: expensive. Voting at home means you could research candidates while voting. That is what would happen as as many as 60% of people do not show any political preference and fall pray to last-minute election-time propaganda. Internet voting would only extend this.

All in all - online polling (in the given circumstances) is nonsense.

Joe Fay did not research this topic well instead he chose to share his conspiracy theory at the end of his rather poorly-written blurb.

Please note: young migrants do not need internet to vote, they can vote in Polish embassies throughout the world. And so they did last time.

Mr.'s Fays comments are biased and ignorant. Sure Kaczynski with his lifestyle and conservative comments is an easy target, but nonetheless a journalist is supposed to understand the subject he attempts to write about. This is clearly not the case here.

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