According to Silvia Glendová, the prime minister's spokeswoman, Robert Fico set a "murderous" tempo on his first day back at work from a recent illness. In cooperation with Glendová, Fico also set a murderous tone in his rhetoric.
The director of the Trnava PSA Peugeot plant, Alain Baldeyrou, said (also in the name of KIA and VW) that if the Labour Ministry's draft Labour Code becomes law, it will be a brake on the development of car manufacturers. Glendová told the media in Fico's name that "employers are prepared to go to any lengths to prevent the passage of the Labour Code, which clearly strengthens the position of employees."
The PM therefore does not see that investors are defending a legitimate interest, but regards them as part of the "enemy camp" that is against employees and the government that is protecting them. He thus apparently believes that investors have to be spoken to with the same tongue he uses for political opponents.
Following Baldeyrou's claim that the government had not replied to the letter sent by the car manufacturers, Glendová chose an unusually crude way to respond: "According to the prime minister, Baldeyrou is a liar. The Government Office only received a letter from the Automotive Industry Association asking for an audience," she said, to which the prime minister's office allegedly sent an immediate reply.
Even if this were true - and this is by no means sure - the invective that the prime minister and his spokeswoman used are reserved for political opponents, and must not be used against individuals whom the government only thinks are enemies. Slovakia has already had a prime minister who behaved like a political opponent to everyone who was defending their legitimate interests. Robert Fico is not so young that he can't remember what that paranoia did to former PM Vladimír Mečiar, and especially how it "helped" the country he was ruling.
Sme, April 18
23. Apr 2007 at 0:00 | Marián Leško