Saturday is Voting Day

I don't think there is anything wrong in conceding that we live in a banana republic. Robert Fico's reliance on the we-take-less policy; Robert getting mad like Hugo Chávez; the time Ivan Mikloš dipped his hand into the public wallet and removed an unprecedented amount of money; Jan Slota excess - need I write more.

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It doesn't even matter that as a result of EU accession this will one day become a republic, because we are not there.

The Romans had highways and we don't, so this is not a republic. When a lifeline connects this 350 kilometre geography, we'll have a national day (and a party). Until then, we'll have to accept that a business deal and a flag are not much of an accomplishment; they are as insufficient as politeness expressed exclusively in the company of foreigners.

I'm a little upset with our Prime Minister because he had been doing a good job on communicating with the energy sector and ensuring respect for the Slovak language but he promised reform - and Sweet Jesus are the options ever out there - and we don't have reform. Instead this republic's government continues to feed on petty infractions, like dudes who steal handbags from old ladies in New Jersey. Credit should be given to Pavol Hrušovský for identifying Janušek's business clearly.

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Let's not lie to ourselves: it is mainly a generational problem. But the crisis is melting the cement of incompetence and a layer of dead weight is being washed away. It now looks like Slovakia will take another giant step forward; a marathon crisis during which we will find out which citizens have the capacity to appreciate the value of sharing.

Voting is important. When, instead of voting, young people confused by this republic shave their heads like slaves and prisoners, and march around Bratislava celebrating a day which symbolises fear and failure, time is wasted. Voting doesn't get you a percentage and it doesn't matter (benefits of an honest life should not be underestimated, or misunderestimated, as a wiser man than all of us once said). And if you're under the age of 40, can say "Yes" "No", can use Windows 97 and money is your priority: do business the normal way (the money is much better). Just vote once in a while. Let the old guys take their conflicts to the old people house.

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If our government is not going to benefit from the crisis, voters should.

Yes, I admit. Three weeks ago I tried to join SMER – sociálna demokracia. I emailed them to introduce myself and ask a question about membership; I copied two of their three website contacts (I thought three out of three would be overdoing it) - but I have received no news. What has our region come to when a regular guy can't join a Party anymore? Maybe they've received too many emails, like Michael Jackson's fan club received too many pre-registrations for 50 shows at the O2. I don't know.

Oldo abandoned me on Saturday night, again. Maybe it's a sign.

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