It is still unclear whether or not Slovenia will get a new government on the threshold of this spring. If the agreement between the SDS, NSi, SMC and DeSUS was recently pointed out, it now becomes complicated: it started with threatening letters, addressed to the President of DeSUS and continues with the disintegration in SMC.
After it turned out, that it might even be possible to get a third government, where the SDS would play the role of the first violin, alarms were immediately start sounding on the "other side". On Sunday, Minister of Labour, Family and Social Affairs, Mrs. Ksenija Klampfer and SMC president Zdravko Pocivalsek made a public announcement that she was resigning as the party's vice president and at the same time that she is leaving the party.
"Sinister Right Ideology"
What quickly became clear was that the main reason for the SMC negotiations to join the coalition was with the SDS. Mrs. Klamfer, who never received much attention as a minister, became better known for her move in 2017, when she was still head of the Maribor administrative unit. At that time, she banned Thompson's concert and with that she landed on the list of the most famous libertarian oppressors, who at the same time were considered "liberal-minded." Since she was not elected Member of Parliament in 2018, her impact on SMC's future direction will be minimal. More questionable is the appearance of the party's former president, former prime minister and current Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Miro Cerar, who was initially restrained, regarding negotiations to join the new coalition, but is now more or less opposed.
Indeed, if Cerar supports the views of Mrs. Klamfer, who in her letter read to Mr. Pocivalsek the Levites, that the party cannot and should not turn on the wind and adhere to the "right ideology", there may be a rift in the party. Some SMC members and sympathizers also announced via Twitter, that the possibility of protest rallies, should more serious negotiations be held between Pocivalsek and Jansa.
Minister Ksenija Klampfer has already left SMC. Will Miro Cerar do the same? He also opposes SMC's joining the coalition with Jansa. Photo: STA
The main "kajla", however, was scored to Pocivalsek by Cerar, who wrote in a letter to the SMC president: "Since entering politics, I have always been in favour of the same principles and opposed to politics embodied by Janez Jansa. Of course, I support the efforts of the SMC President, who has a dialogue with all political parties, but with the aim of forming such a coalition, led by a person who embodies democratic values and a higher political culture in practice. In case a Jansa-led government is formed, I cannot participate in it.” For now, it is unknown whether Cerar will also stand out, who apparently took seriously the promise of Marjan Sarac, upon his resignation from the prime minister's position that LMS and SMC parties will be project-based participating.
Will the majority be solid enough?
For now, it is only known that the first round of talks, between the political parties, has been completed, but it is still not known when the second round will begin. It was originally scheduled to start last Tuesday with a party presidents meeting, but talks have been delayed. According to “Delo”, SDS reported that talks and reconciliations in the second round have been ongoing since Friday and will continue in the coming days. Only when they are all sufficiently aligned on the programmatic priorities and when it is clear how realistic the voting power of each partner is, will a potential new round of talks be initiated. It is also interesting that rumours are spreading all the time that Janez Jansa should withdraw and offer, giving of a premier position to someone else. Jansa replies that he is ready to withdraw to the one, who received more votes than he and thus has a better position.
For the time being, however, it is clear that Jansa wants to have all coalition party presidents in the government. Both, Pocivalsek and Pivec, were ministers in the current government, which means that Matej Tonin from the NSi would have also got his seat, if he did not become the president of the parliament again in some scenario. On the other hand, there are speculations as to whether the place of President of the Parliament may be offered to Cerar, thereby expelling the eternal defector Jani Möderndorfer from the National Assembly. It is also not yet clear, how many parliamentary votes would Pocivalsek provide for a new coalition. SMC has a total of ten MPs, NSi seven, DeSUS 5 and SDS 26 members of parliament. That would mean a total of 48 votes, which is just two more than the minimum majority. Since the Prime Minister is voted on by secret ballot, the project is quite risky, as, for example, the three parliamentary refugees, who would pass to the LMS side, could endure an attempt to form a new government.
Big partisan offensive
Among the factors that could influence on a possible unsuccessful attempt is also the pressure, exerted by the hard core of the transition left on SMC and DeSUS MPs. As expected, the Alternative (formerly Liberal) Academy announced in a public letter and Milan Kucan made it known in foreign media to the worldwide public that populists were coming to power in Slovenia - whatever that means. The regime media once again drew out, an already chewed and proven false stories about the unexplained assets of Janez Jansa and the financing of media that were supposedly "owned" by the SDS from abroad.
This suggests that the transition left will seek to force early elections and gain some time to install some "new face". According to some insider information’s, the new ace from the sleeve is supposed to be none other than a retired journalist and until recently the leader of the quiz "It's nice to be a millionaire" Slavko Bobovnik, who was mentioned years ago as a possible candidate for president of the republic. The condition he has to fulfil is to play the alleged victim of Janez Jansa, as Bobovnik has been engaging with him for quite a few heated discussions on Twitter for several times. Obviously, Murgle tactics are heading in that direction - into a new project, with new faces.
Mitja Irsic: The financing of the SDS or how the regime journalists "discovered America"
If a Hungarian private company invests in a Slovenian private company and this company deals with the media and has a clear (and never denied) political orientation, it does not mean that you have just discovered the Slovenian journalist Watergate. It is unworthy of the journalistic profession to connect independent points in spaces A, B and C, draw imaginary lines between them and say - "Look, Triangle!" It is all too obvious that the media, owned by the Transition Left (or dependent on them existentially), were activated in desperate attempts to mine the new coalition.
Suddenly, they began to problematize the long-overdue topics - from the Bosnian credit with the activation of the reliable Möderndorfer National Assembly Commission to the alleged illegal political financing of the SDS, with the Court of Auditors already finding that it was not illegal political financing. The obscure internet portal and then also POP TV, comically synchronized and without a hint of self-irony, one after the other were to “explore” Hungarian media investments in Slovenia.
They themselves are totally dependent on sponsoring of the STATE MEDIA. The losses of Planet TV, owned by a state-owned company, are covered by taxpayer’s money. Public television is STATE owned and it is powered by taxpayer’s money. All three major print media depend on STATE investment projects. That in such a left agitprop scum, one dares to wonder why a PRIVATE foreign company has invested in a PRIVATE domestic publisher is a sign of cynicism and a sign that deep-state actors are increasingly desperate.
The fact that POP TV's contribution aired immediately after the article in which the SDS party sued the outgoing prime minister, who publicly (in disgrace to his post) accused the SDS party of financing, was a political affair, which the Court of Auditors explicitly denied. His so called "apology", with a wink to his far-left anti-Jansa electoral base, was covered by a fast placed together contribution on Hungarian investments in Nova Obzorja, with a thousand times repeated facts, that were neither criminal nor administrative controversial.
In addition to the short-term goal, of suppressing any possibility, of Jansa ever forming a coalition, such rhetoric has a much more subtle tone - as soon as we begin to ad-hoc demonize legitimate investments between two private business entities, we are thus encroaching on the foundations of free enterprise initiative, which is the foundation of the Slovenian constitutional order. This is already a very dangerous game.