Organised by Polish Radio, the Silver Tongue is an award granted to politicians who excelled in the art of coming up with dumbfounding, hilarious and all the same memorable lines.
And the winner is… former PM Ewa Kopacz of the opposition Civic Platform (PO) who memorably compared exerting political pressure with casting stones at dinosaurs in prehistoric times.
“I will recall dark ancient times. A time when dinosaurs roamed the earth and people had no modern weapons that could kill them. So what did they do? They threw stones at the dinosaur. Obviously, he would not perish from one stone. But if they continued to throw stones for a month or more they would be able to weaken him so that he could be beaten. So exerting pressure makes sense,” these were the words that gained Ms Kopacz the Silver Tongue.
This year Polish Radio decided to focus on monologues and to award those politicians who had made rather an awkward splash in 2018 and the beginning of 2019. Second place went to Now! (Teraz!) party MP Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus, who, while still being the .Modern (.Nowoczesna) party’s MP said on April 15, 2018, in Polsat News private broadcaster’s studio: “And please don’t put the baby with the bathwater in my mouth, and please don’t tell me that I have said something whatsoever.”
The head of the Now! party Ryszard Petru came third in the contest for trying to excuse his belated arrival to a press conference in December 2018 saying: “I’m very sorry I kept you waiting but it took me around 15 minutes to find a vacant parking space in the mall. This kind of situation is going to recur, unfortunately. All these crowds that pop up just before Christmas show that Poles need the Sunday shopping opportunity. Due to this fact, it seems to me that the optimal motto of the whole united opposition in the upcoming elections should be the abolition of trading on Sundays.”
Initiated by Polish Radio journalist Beata Michniewicz, the Silver Tongue award has been awarded annually since 1992. The event’s motto: “speech is silver, silence is golden”. The recordings of the lines that were considered for the award by the jury may be listened to, in Polish, at srebrneusta.polskieradio.pl.