Another petition was handed to outgoing PM Iveta Radicova yesterday entitled “Iveta, don’t leave!” in an attempt to convince her to stay in politics, but to no avail.
Radicova opted out of Slovak politics after her 4-party coalition collapsed in October over a combined EFSF and government confidence vote. The PM, who is taking up a lecturing post at Oxford University, has expressed her disgust at the degree of arrogance and vulgarity in Slovak politics.
She accepted her responsibility for the fall of the government and so said that leaving politics was the only thing to do. She thanked the petitioners for their support, but explained that there were other petitions and literally thousands of letters at the Government Office with the same request, while she was resolute about her decision.
Radicova feels she tried to put more culture and decency into politics, but that she probably didn’t belong there due to the level of arrogance and vulgarity, criticising also the way disputes and affairs are abused in dirty ways.
Like everyone who enters politics, Radicova had her opponents and critics, but there can be no doubt that if there were more like her in Slovak politics, the country would be heading in the right direction.