FEBRUARY 21 2012 20:56h
We should carefully listen to what Slavko Linic has to say. Everything he said by far was correct. Even when he had to lower passion down, like in case of shutting down Vjesnik, when he had to deny his own statements and eventually conclude it was a matter of his personal opinion. Even when the Government publicly dissociates from his statements, like it happened in the story about Vjesnik, it doesn't mean Linic didn't tell the truth. Completely the opposite! This can only mean that this honest minister, who considers political popularity of no importance at all, just ''cock-a-doodled'' too soon so someone had to smack him on his beak. That's why only an unintelligent man could neglect any of Linic's statements and give advantage to the Government communication operators who sell fake tranquillizers to people in the form of reports that are supposed to calm down citizens about the minister of finance stating his own personal stands that have no connection with the Government policy.
We should always trust Slavko Linic in every situation. Since he doesn't care if people are going to love him or despise him. He won't indulge the public by demagogic circumvent of truth as he will use every moment to say what the Government plans to operate through its policy. He won't be afraid of harsh words that usually make other politicians to run from, he will talk without reserves about all those heinous words like liquidation, shutting down, end, closure, dismissals, excess, bankrupt, cutbacks, assets sale... Maybe some of the things he starts to talk about would seem like premature running on the public stage, but it will be truthful for sure. As a matter of fact, when you look things back in past, it is obvious that everything Slavko had talked about started to happen real soon.
We didn’t have to wait long and the army of 5 thousand people working in the public sector for determined period is already started to pack things and leaving for an employment service. And, according to data published in public, they are only one fifth from a total number of those who didn't have luck to find a permanent job. In the summer 2011, while Kukuriku coalition was hiding exact measures for stabilization of this country and initiation of the economic recovery, coalition members were afraid they could lose the elections due to over-forthright policy, Linic stated for the newspaper interview, for example, that one of the first measures would be increasing VAT. There was no person who didn't dissociate from that statement. Milanovic said, for example, that there was nothing about increasing VAT in the Plan 21 that his coalition offered to Croatian voters. And then what happened? Slavko has been a minister of finances for two months only, and VAT will jump to 25 percent. So, we should trust Slavko, Slavko should be heard. Because Slavko knows how our near future will look like and he is ready to share that information with us. Whatever someone thinks about it, it is a characteristic that should be appreciated. Croatia got fooled billion and billion of times by trusting politicians who deceived them. And now it is somehow invigorating to look at someone who doesn't care about his image in the media, but who cares about sobering the nation as the only right way to start recovering.
And Radimir Cacic is a politician of Linic's kind. He also is honest, so he will be more plain-spoken than others to say what is about to happen. But while public mostly has negative reactions at Cacic since news reporters that he is used to tell off, don’t miss a chance to punish him by pointing out his arrogance. Linic' outbursts mostly pass in a peaceful manner. Cacic will always be shown as an arrogant guy who acts like people around him are inferior creeps that don't deserve his attention. On the other hand, people threat Linic with respect even when his political attitude is rough and almost cruel. Political analysts will say that Cacic takes over the prime minister's position from Milanovic's hands and actually, presents a great danger for SDP boss. And SDP boss will have to fight him for four years of their mandate around who is the Government's boss. But no one ever came to conclusion that Linic is politically dangerous for Milanovic. Since Linic has no desire to be the main role, first and the most powerful...
He doesn't have an ambition to overpower his boss and to strengthen his own political position. He simply acts like a politician who is dealing a hard job and carries it like his own crucifix. Thank to him, Milanovic was spared to be the one who usually brings bad news. Linic is Milanovic's and SDP's icebreaker. But that of course that doesn't mean that the prime minister can allow himself to step aside and not understand. For that he even raised hands after the decision according to which appealing convicted people can become members of supervisory boards and administrations of public firms. When these episodes continue, there won't be a question if Milanovic is a real boss in the Government but if he earned to be related to that term. But, that's a story about Milanovic, not Linic...