According to sociologist Michal Vašečka, the former prime minister is a textbook populist who divides society into a corrupt elite on one side and millions of ordinary people on the other.
Listen to Jan Bumba’s full Interview Plus. The guest is Michal Vašečka, Slovak sociologist
“He doesn’t bring any ideology, but he brings a bombastic idea, and if someone disagrees with him, he becomes the enemy to attack,” he describes.
“Qualified people are leaving the Treasury because their expertise is not valued or required. Igor Matovič pretends to be able to calculate everything at half past two in the morning on a calculator. You can’t govern like this and many people can see it,” he adds, adding that Matovič is extremely unpopular with the public.
According to the head of the Chamber of Deputies, Slovakia is probably headed for a minority government
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OĽANO according to him, it is not a standard political party, but Matovič’s company: “It is a brotherhood of people who would not be able to succeed in politics under normal circumstances. Without Matovič, they wouldn’t be in parliament and they know it very well, hence the affinity for their leader.”
Vašečka admits that although Eduard Heger is a consensus politician and in many respects the opposite of Matovič, the movement OĽANO it failed to standardize.
“It turned out that Heger, like other members of parliament, is to some extent a hostage of Igor Matovič and, unfortunately, the whole of Slovakia is also a hostage,” he emphasizes.
A minority government will have to deal with major problems related to inflation and energy prices. In addition, it is not certain whether the budget will be approved in the autumn, because now the opposition SaS will probably no longer vote for it.
According to Vašečka, the government wasted the entire summer on the disputes surrounding Matovič and is only now discovering that the negotiated freeze on energy prices means that Slovaks will pay double for them.
“It’s literally on the brink and many residents will be calling for revenge.”
“Politicians could not agree on an amount of electricity that would be enough for all households,” he says, adding that Slovakia is very lucky in its misfortune thanks to the fact that the third unit of the Mochovce nuclear power plant should be commissioned by the end of the year.
Vašečka fears that the popularity of anti-system parties will increase because Slovaks have lost hope for a political revival. Some services and institutions also cease to function in the country:
“Services and institutions cease to function fully. In the west of Slovakia, and especially in Bratislava, the healthcare sector is collapsing because there is no one to work there. Most doctors are either in Austria or the Czech Republic. It’s literally on the edge and many residents will be calling for revenge,” he warns.
“Slovakia is sinking deep into anomie. A state where you feel that the rules of the game have ceased to apply, and therefore you also stop following them. This is not pleasant to watch or live in. A vicious circle is created,” concludes the sociologist.
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