The end of the year is a time when we wish each other happines and luck (among other things). My government is no exception and since not a lot of Slovenes are showing it any love at all, Janša & co. have given themselves a bit of love by making a bit of headlines. Good ones. You know… just to get the ball roling and to start the EU presidency in a upbeat tone. And, seemingly out of nowhere, the following happened
A happy government… The original version from 2004
–The budget is sporting a surplus. Pengovsky went huh?. From where?. OK, so the government claims it’s the economic growth, but I strongly suspect that we are facing a bit of creative accounting here… Perhaps all the money that the government got from selling Nova Kreditna Banka Maribor wasn’t yet funneled into covering the public debt…? Or could it be that cutting the costs withing the government really showed results five days before the end of the fiscal year?
–The Strojan Roma family finally settled for a new patch of land. The government and the family swithced ownership of a particular piece of land, which means that the matter is basically settled. But it took the government more a year to settle something that should not have happened in the first place. A brutal violation of basic human rights.
–The inflation in December is only .4 percent. Which still leaves the cumulative inflation at a record 5.6 percent. The highest in eurozone.
But hey… You gotta be happy for this government. If they believe their own spin, why shouldn’t we?