Friday, October 13, 2006

100 days in the life of my country

One hundred days in power, it is a reason for celebration, isn't it? The Presidency of the PES (Party of European Socialists) 'congratulated' the Slovak main ruling political subject, Direction - Social Democracy (Smer - SD) yesterday by deciding to suspend its membership from the PES for 10 months due to entering a government coalition with radicals from the SNS.
On the occasion of this jubilee the right-wing Slovak Democratic and Christian Union - Democratic Party (SDKU-DS) , which is our most important opposition party and while in power, managed to introduce many free market reforms, including flat tax and private pension accounts, held a press conference to review the period since General Election in June.
Leader of the SDKU-DS and ex-PM, Mikulas Dzurinda described the last hundred days as a period of "very strong words, but very weak action". It emerged that this government has no conceptual solutions; solutions that can be considered a real alternative to the 'common sense programme' of the previous centre-right Cabinet. Although Socialists became Election winners by commiting themselves to the values of the Welfare state, they are now wavering and failing to deliver their promises. They do not have a courage to introduce the changes they were announcing. Powerful and convincing arguments of the economic analysts and other experts halt them from making an about-turn, so at least they try to distort and damage our successful reforms. According to Dzurinda, our socialist government is on the defensive. "They started like that and they go on like that." In spite of our populist, hesitant and helpless government, I expect our economy to grow fast and I believe that Slovakia's good years lay ahead, he added.

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