NICE DRIVEWAY! AN OCCASIONAL COLUMN ON LIFE IN SLOVAKIA

What Slovakia and New Zealand (don't) have in common

We are all struggling with the new reality. Some more than others.

Igor Matovic, the kingmaker who became the king. Igor Matovic, the kingmaker who became the king. (Source: TASR)

Spare a thought for Igor Matovič.

Just six weeks ago, he was hoping that publicity stunts would be enough to keep his pseudo-party (until recently it had just four members, and no discernible policies) in parliament, and perhaps even make him post-election kingmaker.

Four weeks ago, he was basking in the glow of a wholly unexpected election victory. The would-be kingmaker had somehow been elected king.

The international media, groping for sobriquets, anointed him an ‘anti-corruption campaigner’ (the Economist), a ‘maverick anti-corruption activist’ (the BBC), a ‘maverick millionaire’ (the Financial Times; tellingly, this label could have been applied to any of the four coalition party leaders) and – with commendable caution – leader of a party that ‘claims to want to combat systemic corruption’ (the New York Times).

Like a pig on roller skates

But now, with high office, has come actual responsibility. And if you have been paying any attention to him over the past decade, you will know that responsibility is not a word one naturally associates with Igor Matovič.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Bödör reportedly paid €50,000 for non-prosecution of ex-economy minister's nephew

The former minister has reportedly met with the investigator who informed on the case.

Peter Žiga

Fico and Kotleba have not been fined for being maskless yet

The police are dealing with violent protesters, but no politician has been penalized for calling on people not to wear masks.

Ex-police chief Lučanský in handcuffs

He is one of the eight people facing charges after Operation Judas.

Milan Lučanský

Matovič could have made comments about the US rather than Mongolia

I am proud of what has been achieved in Slovakia, says Billy Altansukh.