Study: Ex-speaker Paška the most dishonest politician

FORMER speaker of parliament Pavol Paška had the most untrue and misleading statements between the years 2010 and 2014, according to the Demagog.sk website.

The main chamber of the Slovak Parliament. The main chamber of the Slovak Parliament. (Source: TASR)

“About four of 10 Paška’s statements were untrue or misleading,” said Matúš Sloboda, the analyst with the website, as quoted by the SITA newswire. Of 15 analysed politicians with the highest number of verified statements he used such statements in 37.2 percent of cases

Paška is followed by his party colleagues: Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, Prime Minister Robert Fico, former education minister Dušan Čaplovič and Culture Minister Marek Maďarič.

“In about 30 percent of the statements by Robert Fico we could verify that he used untrue or misleading information,” Sloboda said.

On the other hand, the truest statements had Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) chair Richard Sulík (85.5 percent). He is followed by Sieť leader Radoslav Procházka (84.7 percent) and former prime minister Iveta Radičová.

“It can be said that these are the most truthful politicians in past five years,” Sloboda said, as quoted by SITA, adding that the results are limited by the topics or partners they had in political discussions.

Regarding the parties, SaS became the most truthful with using true statements in 83.9 percent of cases. It is followed by Most-Híd (78 percent) and the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (77.9 percent). The worst became the Slovak National Party (SNS) whose representatives only spoke the truth 60.8 percent of the time. Smer was second worst at 69.5 percent of true statements, SITA wrote.

Demagog.sk analysed nearly 10,000 statements between 2010 and 2014. According to them, the share of true statements is increasing. While in 2010 their share was 56.4 percent, in 2014 it was 70.1 percent. The share of misleading statements amounted to 21 percent, with the only exception being the year 2014, said analyst Richard Turcsányi.

“We should realise that in that year the presidential and EP elections took place, in which there were less misleading statements,” Turcsányi explained, as quoted by SITA.

Among the most frequent mistakes were the statistics on unemployment rate, deficit and economic growth, as well as comparisons of Slovakia with other countries, SITA wrote.

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