By: Dr Vinko Gorenak
What is written in the title is actually true, because you can use a roll of toilet paper for quite some time, as you know in the smallest space, “where even the emperor goes on foot”, as we would say in the past. KUL’s (coalition of the constitutional arc – SD, LMŠ, Levica, and SAB) supposedly already coordinated and allegedly soon signed agreement on post-election cooperation, is useless for something like this for at least two reasons. First, because it is written on a sheet or sheets of paper that is too hard to be useful, unlike the toilet paper; secondly, because what will be written on it will be impossible, because the signatories are not able to do so, as these same signatories already participated in the post-election period in 2018 in the government of Marjan Šarec, but quarrelled and threw in the towel and fled, so it is quite clear that we cannot trust them again.
Even otherwise, signing pre-election commitments to participate and form a government in the post-election period in a proportional electoral system is pure nonsense rather than any serious intention. In a proportional electoral system, many political parties come to parliament and smart political parties form governments after elections and do not exclude anyone before elections. The conclusion of pre-election alliances is more typical of majority electoral systems, where, as a rule, there are two large political parties and two or three smaller political parties. In such circumstances, when it is clear that none of the major political parties will be able to form a government on their own, pre-election integration makes sense, as voters know exactly what will happen at the end of election day, which alliance will form a government.
But in Slovenia everything is different. Already the name of the parties to the announced agreement is unusual and does not correspond to reality. KUL (coalition of the constitutional arc) usually means a coalition from left to right parties (constitution), but in our country only extreme and even more extreme leftists unite. Ordinary people would say that it does not go together.
In any case, pre-election, and even more so post-election coalitions are formed on the basis of the programmes of political parties. This is not the case here either. The Kamnik zany and even the former Prime Minister of our government, who threw in the towel in January 2020 and fled, proposed the creation of a pre-election agreement on cooperation after the 2022 elections less than two months ago. Beware, he suggested this to the same political parties that were in government with him and as he said he could not cooperate with them. But, of course, he could not say why he could cooperate with them today. He also did not propose any work programme for the period after the elections. However, he proposed (abbreviated): the normalisation of Slovenia, the formation of a government without the parties that make up or support the current government, and that the Prime Minister be given by the party that receives the most votes.
The agreement, which is supposed to be signed soon, is therefore not an agreement for the formation of a new government majority, but an agreement against SDS, NSI, SMC, DESUS, SNS and MPs of nationalities. At the same time, they talk about the normalisation of Slovenia, the unification and reunion of a supposedly divided nation. They would therefore like to connect people through separation and exclusion, and Tanja Fajon can already see herself at the forefront of such changes. Just amazing. They really have not told her yet that she is not the “material” for something like that.
But hypothetically imagine the post-election period in which these people would form a new government. These are the same political parties and, with the exception of Tanja Fajon, who replaced Dejan Židan, the same presidents of political parties. Why would these same people understand and lead Slovenia in 2022, if in 2019 they quarrelled, threw in the towel and fled. In such a government, the Levica party could no longer play a role of some type of over coalition party, but would realistically have to form a government. Imagine Miha Kordiš, as the Minister of Defence, who will defend the withdrawal from NATO and the abolition of our army at home and in Europe, and the nationalisation of all apartments and houses that cannot be vacuumed in 15 minutes; and Luka Mesec in the role of Minister of Economy, who will demand the confiscation of private property as in 1945, and exit from the EU and the euro; and Violeta Tomič in the role of Minister of Culture, who will take money from those who work hard and distribute it to NGOs, which usually do not create anything and so on.
Well, Tanja Fajon would like to be at the head of all this, who will always and everywhere be horrified, how is she supposed to manage such a coalition, for a little over 3,000 euros a month, instead of around 13,000 Brussels euros, she has not yet said. Such a government, led only by the always concerned Tanja Fajon, would have two other former Prime Ministers, Alenka Bratušek and Marjan Šarec. Yes, it is true, in such circumstances Tanja Fajon will not throw in the towel like Marjan Šarec, because she will never carry it, so sooner or later she will be worried because she will lose it.
However, the factory newspaper of Levica called Mladina wrote that “this is necessary due to exceptional circumstances, i.e. the government led by Janez Janša.” I do not read Mladina, but I was reminded of this sentence. I have to agree with them this time. They told the truth, that the government is led by Janša are exceptional circumstances that they do not recognise, and the agreement they intend to sign against it is worth less than a roll of toilet paper.
Dr Vinko Gorenak is a State Secretary in the PV Cabinet, a former MP and Minister of the Interior, a university professor and a member of the SDS.