June 5, 2009
Dad on the '89 Polish election over a glass of fizzy, Peschiera. 'I never thought communism would end – no-one did. A liberalisation, a relaxation perhaps, yes, but not the end. And the Party did not expect that so many people will want them out. They only allowed Solidarność to take part so that they would take part of the blame for the terrible situation – economic, social, the constant strikes were having an effect. Not only did they lose, the 'free candidates' that were to back the Party changed their minds – and all of the sudden Solidarność was the majority!'