Some cries of disgust have been ringing out in parliament after deputy head of the governing Smer-SD party and parliamentary speaker Pavol Paska removed the camera in parliament that was monitoring the arrivals and departures of MPs.
Speaking on TV Markiza, Paska claimed that the camera was degrading MPs, but it is not sure exactly in what way, as the camera merely monitored who was signing the attendance sheet and when. It was put in place by Paska’s predecessor Richard Sulik (head of the SaS party), partly in an attempt to stop MPs signing the attendance sheet for absent colleagues (a common practice). Sulik feels the camera was important to keep MPs on their toes as they are paid by taxpayers’ money.
So now MPs have had their dignity restored, and will no longer have to suffer the humiliation of a camera watching over them as they enter and leave the parliament building. No longer will they have the indignation of having to prove that they work for their fat paycheck. Maybe other employers could take a lesson from this, and dismantle all the cameras they have in their factories etc., and so give the ordinary peasant some dignity back as well.