Why is Chinese water torture so bad

Real madness: The Chinese coalition torture

Verified Karl May readers know the Chinese water torture: a man sits tied up on an armchair, a bucket of water hangs over him. At first nothing happens for a long time, then a drop comes off and slaps the forehead of the delinquent - smack!

After that, nothing happens for a long time, then another drop loosens and slaps the bound man on the forehead - slap! And so on. The constant "slap!" allegedly one goes insane and does what the torturers want. This is Chinese water torture.

Similarities with the work of the grand coalition are of course purely obvious, but obvious: the citizen sits there tied up (by the spectacle of government work). At first nothing happens for a long time (except the usual arguments). Then a drop of constructiveness dissolves (in the form of a restart proclamation) and falls on the forehead of the delinquent, uh, citizen - smack!

Nothing happens for a long time (except for the usual arguments). Then a drop of constructiveness loosens again (in the form of the offer of a reform partnership) and slaps the prisoner, uh, citizen on the forehead - smack! And so on. From this constant "slap!" the tortured, er, citizen is slowly but surely going insane.

If we got it right, Christian Kern would be in favor of dripping constructively on for another year and continuing the Chinese coalition torture until autumn 2018. Slap! - pause - smack! - Break.

Sebastian Kurz, on the other hand, chooses a different, but also Far Eastern approach.
In the last few days he has probably got his hands on the work of the Chinese war theorist Sunzi. Sunzi lived to
500 BC BC, was a general and put his thoughts on successful warfare in the book "The Art of War", the
is still read today in military academies and manager seminars. "War is deception," Sunzi taught. "Attack the opponent when they are unprepared and not expecting you."

On the current election debate, Sunzi wrote 2500 years ago: "Those who cannot win protect themselves, and those who can win attacks." Especially for newly appointed ÖVP stewards, he had the advice ready: "There are many ways to control chaos. The wise general opposes chaos with discipline and calmly confronts the tumult."

And Sunzi advises all parties as an election campaign tactic: "The soldiers must be enraged so that they can destroy the enemy. Attack the areas of the enemy that are unprotected and you will be successful." So we are approaching troubled times. After the election, the bucket is hung up again.