Paroubeks accept unflattering award


The wife of Social Democrats leader Jiří Paroubek has accepted a rather unflattering prize on his behalf. Petra Paroubkova on Saturday picked up the Papaláš or Bigwig of the Year award from the organisers of a festival of political songs in Sokolov, west Bohemia. Accepting the prize, Mr Paroubek’s wife parodied the type of speech given by Oscar recipients, saying she and her partner had not expected it, and that she was speechless. One of the organisers told reporters he was surprised the couple had accepted the prize.