Conservative Polish politician and former prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski was spied reading an illustrated book about cats during an official session of parliament.
Kaczynski leads the Law and Justice Party (PiS) and is widely recognized as the most powerful politician in Poland though he's far from the most popular. His party holds the largest number of seats in the country's National Assembly yet Kaczynski, instead of running for high office, played kingmaker instead. Poland's current prime minister and president are both members of Law and Justice while Kaczynski remains the power behind the throne.
68-year-old Kaczynski, a long-term cat-owner who's known to have helped stray cats in the past, has been accused in the past of using his cat-friendly rep as a way to soften his image with the public.
He may be at it again: these photos from politician Beata Mazurek's Twitter feed show Kaczynski reading “Atlas of Cats: Wild and Domestic” while parliament debated controversial changes to Poland's justice system promoted by – you guessed it – Kaczynski and the PiS.
The small illustrated book is published by Ringier Axel Springer, a German-Swiss publisher with a strong presence in Poland's media market. Critics of Kaczynski have been happy to note the irony – Kaczynski has called for new laws limiting foreign ownership in the country's media sector. How does one say “DOH!” in Polish? (via DW and Daily Sabah)