Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Reader feedback: Rising living standard unnoticeable

Re: Slovak living standard rising, Flash news briefs, June 7 - 13, Vol 10, No 22

Slovakia has made a bad name for itself? You have got to be kidding me. It is hilarious how some people do not have a clue about what is going on. First of all, people are too sad, too angry, too frustrated, and too poor to care about another election. Every election since 1989 has been such a disappointment (as Mr Kukan might know). Every time we thought it could not get worse, there it came and it, in fact, did get worse.

It is just another meaningless election that does not change anything. You can talk to an exhausted father of two who barely makes enough to pay the rent as much as you want to about macro- and micro-economic impact of EU, long term advantages, structural changes, and budget implications of this union. He does not care.

On the basis of the people I know; my family, and my closest surroundings, I can come to only one conclusion: From my salary I can buy less today than I could yesterday and more than I will be able to tomorrow. I see too many people in my neighbourhood striving to keep their family business running at least an inch above water. And this is an average neighbourhood in the suburb of one of the biggest cities in Slovakia - though not Bratislava.


Top stories

Námestie Slobody gets facelift Photo

The architectural tender will gather ideas for the redesign of the biggest square in Bratislava

Námestie Slobody will be redesigned into a kind of living room in the city.

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Fundamental values explored at Divadelná Nitra 2017

This time round, the Slovak, European and US ensembles at the theatre festival focus on #fundamentals, i.e. basic values and the essence of all things.

Nature Theatre of Oklahoma: Pursuit of Happiness

Foreign rocket engines for North Korea: Why?

For Russia, the path to a weakened China could be through a major nuclear accident in North Korea.