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27. Sep 2005 at 07:48
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Twins who stole the Moon are poised to run away with Poland

By Matthew Day in Warsaw

(Filed: 27/09/2005)

Identical twin brothers who once starred together in a children's film could soon become the dominant political force in Poland after Sunday's general elections.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, older than Lech by 45 minutes and the president of the victorious Law and Justice Party, is in line to become the next prime minister. His brother, at present the mayor of Warsaw, is one of the front runners in the race for the presidency.

With presidential elections due on Oct 9 Poland is awash with speculation that it could soon be governed by two men who most people find difficult to tell apart, although Lech has a distinguishing mole on his left cheek.

If the 56-year-old twins, who rarely appear in public together, do claim Poland's two highest seats of office it would be a remarkable conclusion to an odyssey that began in 1962 when they first came to the public eye in the popular film The Two Who Stole the Moon.

They then went to the same school and both studied law at Warsaw University before rising to prominence in the Solidarity trade union during its confrontation with Poland's communist regime in 1980. Since the country's return to democracy in 1989 the twins have never strayed from the political limelight, but it was only in 2001, when they teamed up to form Law and Justice, that they became a serious force in politics.

Jaroslaw now leads the party, which with 90 per cent of the ballot counted is leading with 27 per cent of the votes cast. Its future ally in government, Civic Platform, won slightly more than 24 per cent.

"We must rebuild many things in Poland," Jaroslaw Kaczynski said yesterday. "We must restore trust in the state, something that has been highly compromised."

With their opinions differing as little as their appearance, the two men have won widespread support through their tough talk of tackling corruption, ridding the state of those linked to the communist past and maintaining the welfare state.

A majority of voters in the new EU member state accepted their agenda and were willing to cast off the country's communist legacy. They have also, for the most part, overcome problems caused by being identical twins, a factor that Jaroslaw - who Lech calls the leader of the two - has described as "not making politics any easier".

It often makes them the butt of jokes and heightens fears of nepotism. Their scope for nepotism appears limited, however. Jaroslaw lives at home with his mother, while Lech is married with a daughter.

Jaroslaw recently told a Polish magazine: "We avoid appearing together because of the strong feelings this arouses. A person who is a twin is sometimes suspected of being 'weird'.

"But we do have different temperaments. My brother has the temperament of a state activist and he is excellent in this role."

Despite their success the two have been quick to play down the prospect of their becoming prime minister and president. Lech says that having a twin in politics has the advantage that he always has someone he can rely on and it provides welcome publicity for the country.

"The fact that we are twins makes us more well known and that's in Poland's interests," said the younger twin in an interview for the BBC. Jaroslaw, perhaps mindful that the nation may baulk at the prospect of being run by the identical twins, has said he would not be prime minister if his brother became president. But this has failed to curb speculation that he could change his mind if his brother wins the election.


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Reply #1 - 28. Sep 2005 at 06:08
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What an interesting story!

I'd love to see the movie they starred in when they were kids.
  
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Reply #2 - 28. Sep 2005 at 23:32
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The plot of the movie as per IMDB:

Twin brothers, Jacek and Placek, are the town's troublemakers. They're lazy, greedy and also cruel. They despise hard work, so they cook up a plan to make easy money that would make them rich for the rest of their lives: steal the moon and sell it. They set on a journey to find a place where the moon would be low enough for them to steal. Before they leave, they take the last loaf of bread from their poor hardworking mother. After numerous adventures the boys manage to catch the moon in a fishing net. But it is only the beginning of their troubles.
  
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twins not favourably disposed to gays.

Polish PM candidate says homosexuality unnatural
Mon Oct 3, 2005 6:02 AM ET
 
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's conservative candidate for prime minister was quoted on Monday as saying homosexuality was "unnatural", echoing earlier statements by the leaders of his party.

Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, chosen by the Law and Justice party to form a government after last week's elections, told the Polish edition of Newsweek magazine that the prime minister should be involved in the debate over gay rights.

Asked whether homosexuality should be condemned, Marcinkiewicz said: "It's unnatural. The family is natural, and the state must stand guard over the family."

During the election campaign Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski suggested banning gays from teaching children.

As mayor of Warsaw, his identical twin brother Lech drew flak from Western European rights groups for banning gay pride parades. Lech Kaczynski is running second in opinion polls ahead of an October 9 presidential election.

Gay-rights groups say the Kaczynskis have made anti-gay remarks a feature of their political appeal to less-educated, traditionalist voters in Poland -- though Marcinkiewicz struck a slightly more conciliatory note.

"I don't care if someone is a homosexual or not, and even if I found out something like that, I wouldn't judge a person differently than on their actions alone," Marcinkiewicz said.

"But if that person tries to 'infect' others with their homosexuality, then the state must intervene in this violation of freedom."


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I'm sure they will have George Bush's blessing for their stand against the 'evils' of free choice.
  
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lech sez no to lechery!

conservative lech kaczynski was named as the new president yesterday.

with 91% of votes counted, he had polled 55%.

mr kaczynski has campaigned for a moral renewal and a return to christian values.

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That's scary!

Where the the world be without a good dose of lust and lechery?
  
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Reply #7 - 27. Nov 2005 at 04:10
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the film's polish title is

O dwóch takich co ukradli księżyc (last word is incorrect due to polish characters, its ksiezyc)

However, there is also a recent cartoon version with the same name. I've got it but as I haven't located the subtitles, about all i can say is the twins look very sweet and mischievous.
  
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Welcome to the group Itsy.
  
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Thank you, I've used the site for quite a while now as a reference site. Thought I'd contribute some reviews and movie ratings.
  
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Reply #10 - 27. Nov 2005 at 22:37
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Itsy,

Nice to see you and..
thanks for adding your ratings to the database.
  
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Reply #11 - 28. Jan 2011 at 13:42
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Lech Kaczynski, born June 18, 1949
Lech Kaczynski,      prime minister of Poland, died in an air crash near Smolensk on April 10, 2010.
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