SLOVAK WORD OF THE WEEK

Pokakať sa

IT’S NOT usual to hear politicians talk about pooping. But then again, these are exceptional times. Mainly thanks to renegade MP Igor Matovič.

IT’S NOT usual to hear politicians talk about pooping. But then again, these are exceptional times. Mainly thanks to renegade MP Igor Matovič.

First, he outraged coalition colleagues with an interview for the Sme.sk website in which he suggested that on average, each MP has at least 10 nominees in state firms and institutions, which buys their loyalty and glues the coalition together. He later corrected his statements. But only to say that the average is more likely close to 20.

In the same interview, he suggested that one of the coalition leaders voted for general prosecutor candidate Dobroslav Trnka, in breach of coalition agreements. He gave no names, but his description fit only Most-Híd chairman Béla Bugár.

And then finally came Matovič’s vote on dual citizenship, and his subsequent expulsion from the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) parliamentary caucus, for which he had a simple explanation – SaS boss Richard Sulík was frightened and pooped (pokakal sa).

What really is frightening is the fact that the fate of this government depends on Matovič and the other three “Ordinary People” faction members, without whom the coalition has no majority. And the countless unknowns the recent development creates: Will Matovič vote for coalition legislation? How about votes of confidence? How long will it take before one of the other coalition parties gets fed up with not being able to govern and starts talking to Smer? Are there enough votes to support the public vote on the general prosecutor? If the vote is secret, can Dobroslav Trnka win? If Trnka wins, will Prime Minister Radičová really step down? And what happens then?

It does not seem that Matovič has even a vague idea of where all this is heading. What he does realise is that blocking the coalition will do for him what pooping does for children – win attention. And that seems to be his top priority.


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