Re: Smer to cancel airport sale if gains power, Flash News, January 5, 2006
Firstly, this is not automatically a bad idea. When the government took VSŽ from Rezeš and gave the juiciest bits of it to US Steel, that also involved re-nationalization in order to correct a crooked situation. However, it is not yet clear that the [airport] deal will harm Slovakia, and certainly not to anything like the degree that the Mečiar-era privatizations did.
Fico said he was speaking out now to avoid being accused of favouring or opposing one candidate rather than being against the sale process. But it would be better if re-nationalization were based on objective proof rather than suspicions.
Anyway, watching this story on the news, I had quite a different thought. There was Fico stabbing his finger into the table and half shouting like the pocket Hitler he sometimes is and after him came the increasingly familiar band of "bank analysts" and "economic journalists" who laughingly explained why Fico's huff and puff was a bad idea.
I have no idea how it plays to a Slovak but to me the bank analysts looked much more trustworthy and I had to pinch myself to remember that they are not neutral figures but PR flacks for multinational business.
Fico often looks like he is in the wrong year and I wonder when (and how) the left is going to get together a team of "analysts" who sound like they know what they are talking about and can dig out twisted logic and evasions in the smooth patter of Mikloš et al.
16. Jan 2006 at 0:00