I was talking to a Czech friend about it. For those of you who haven't heard, Čunek resigned as Deputy Prime Minister on Thursday afternoon. PM Topolánek said he should either be able to categorically deny the allegations against him - that his family claimed social security benefits despite having millions of crowns in the bank - or resign. This is the second scandal that Čunek has been involved in this year and he seemed to be untouchable, hence the headline in yesterday's Lidové noviny - "Pád ,,teflonového'' lidovce". The importance of his resignation to my Czech friend was that even as recently as five years ago, the response to the allegations would have been "So what?" and he finds it very encouraging that the standards of behaviour being demanded of Czech politicians are rising.