A well-organized deep state is systematically undermining all the government’s efforts in tackling the epidemic. In the past few weeks we had to discuss whether the government or the people are to blame for the epidemic. The government has now sent schoolchildren home, to online school, as the epidemiological situation has deteriorated sharply. But that was not the case until a month ago. The beginning of the school year was being prepared and there was a debate “masks yes or no”, “will the epidemic be worse or not.” At that time, the government decided that masks in schools would be mandatory, and the trade unionist Branimir Štrukelj immediately responded with a statement: “We don’t want masks in schools!”
Immediately after Branimir Štrukelj’s response, the machinery spun. The SD party also proclaimed that wearing masks in schools should not be mandatory and opposed the measure. However, soon after, Tanja Fajon, president of the SD – had a press conference at which she stated that they were never against masks, the host Aleksander Rant pointed out in the show Dialog, adding that of course none of the Slovenian journalists in the mainstream media checked the veracity of her statements.
Fajon added that the entire health situation and the debate on masks was severely politically abused, to which Rant commented: “Ms. Fajon, who is politicizing the debate on masks? The government has been saying the same thing since day one: masks are useful, masks help, it is good to wear masks. On the other hand, you first said that there should be no masks in schools, that masks are useless, that studies in Sweden say that they are not necessary, and then you lie that you had never called for masks not to be worn.” According to Rant, it is more than clear that the matter around wearing masks was most politicized by the SD party and their comrades in the opposition.
Orchestrated attack of unions, the media, and the opposition
But the matter did not end there. The government relented and announced that masks would not be mandatory everywhere and excluded kindergartens and a few primary school classes from the measure. What happened next? SVIZ was the first to respond and demanded that the state provides protective masks for everyone in the educational process. Ironically, they opposed masks a week ago. “It is problematic that all this was uncritically summarized by the MMC RTV Slovenia portal. They simply titled their article with the title of the union: The state should provide masks for everyone in the educational process. They did not report about not wanting masks a week ago and that educators complained about wearing masks. At a time when there is no money for anything other than to deal with COVID-19, they remembered to hire all the teachers who are currently unemployed.”
Obviously, there is a possibility of infections in schools
RTV Slovenia, in cooperation with educators, is encouraging a belief that nothing can happen in schools and that students must remain in schools. In her speech, the president of the Association of High School Principals, Nives Počakar, stated, among other things, that they had three infections in their school center, which did not occur in school but rather on transport, extracurricular activities or at home, thus high schools are not representing a threat for COVID-19 infections. “It is unclear why the headmistress does not understand that 15-20 children sit in the same room for at least one school hour before the classroom is ventilated?” Rant pointed out critically, adding that it is clear to every child that in schools there is a possibility of infections. “This is also supported by the statistics. In kindergartens in Ljubljana, there are nine infected educators in one and six in the other, and some are still in favour of not closing schools.” Rant also critiqued Počakar, who stated that students in schools wear masks responsibly, yet RTV Slovenia showed a clip of a visit to one of the high school classes, from which it was obvious that was not the case. “Closure of schools and distance learning were the right decisions as students were sitting next to each other without masks. If one of them had had the virus, everyone would have got it,” he was clear.
Rant further critiqued the mainstream media for the adoption of the fifth anti-COVID-19 package, where instead of focusing on the content of the package, they preferred to debate the opposition’s position that the Janša’s government is abolishing public healthcare. “Can you imagine? We live in a country where we are facing an epidemic, where 19 people a day die, where the government is trying to help to boost the economy because only if the economy is preforming well, the healthcare preforms well, but the first news on RTV Slovenia is that the government wants to privatize healthcare. You know how? By forcing the health insurance company and the Ministry of Health to pay for services to private practices from their budget, to which we all contribute. In other words, if a private doctor owns a CT machine, I can go to his practice as a patient of public healthcare. He does my CT and issues an invoice to the insurance company and the Ministry of Health in the same way as any public health institution would. How is this privatization of healthcare? ” Rant critically pointed out that SD, LMŠ, SAB and Levica voted against parents receiving a childcare allowance, against small businessmen receiving a 1,100 euro payment in case they are out of work, against extending waiting for work for those workers who due to COVID-19 cannot work. Yet, RTV claimed that the opposition was committed to preserving jobs. “They are making a fool out of us, namely the opposition voted against the measures!” he pointed out and added that it is not surprising that fewer and fewer people trust the reporting of RTV Slovenia.
A man who hasn’t built anything in a year and a half would build a new infection clinic in three months?
Rant also drew attention to the reporting of the portal MMC Slovenia, which published an article on the adoption of the anti-COVID-19 law titled: “Opposition critical of the 5th anti-COVID-19 law due to the alleged abolishment of public healthcare.” There was no title: “The government will extend the vouchers, waiting for work measure, workers will not have to go to the Employment Office.” By reporting about the opposition in this case, they give them some validity – as if they mean something – but in reality the opposition opposes just because it can. But these nebulae of leftists in recent weeks do not end here,” Rant continued. In fact, Marjan Šarec observed that we do not have a central COVID-19 hospital. Rant noted that this was stated by a man who had not built anything in a year and a half. “A man who paid a million and a half for a school that does not exist. In three months, however, he would build a new infectious disease hospital. Are you serious? Bojana Muršič from SD stated that the government has not done anything and that she was worried about that. How does she know what the government has done? When she took three months off, the government did in fact work. Matej Tašner Vatovec from Levica said that the government was not able to deal with the epidemic. But what else has this government been doing since it took over the office? ”Rant noted, adding that this government has already passed five anti-COVID-19 laws to mitigate the effects of the epidemic. Given that Bratušek said there was no analysis of the impact of the measures, Rant confirmed that it was obvious that the first wave showed that measures to curb the virus were effective.
Over the summer, the government provided almost 400 additional beds
“Fajon would provide more beds for the care of the sick,” has become a mantra of the opposition in recent days, which is mistakenly pointing out that the government had not provided more beds. When the epidemic started, Rant noted, we had 120 beds for COVID-19 patients, and today we have 500, meaning the government provided about 400 additional beds over the summer. “How did it not do anything?,” was critical Rant, adding that due to the worsening of the situation, there will be 700 beds.” Health minister has even announced that there will be a thousand of them if necessary.” However, Matjaž Nemec from the SD tweeted: “The original sin of the government: they had all summer, but did not provide 200 additional beds, and now they are threatening with repression. “Mr. Nemec, the government provided 400 of them! How would 200 beds help with the 570 people hospitalized?“