June 11, 2018
The piece begins as follows, with Muddy Hollows referring, as usual with this author, to Slovenia:
The results were in on Sunday night and… well, it is a clusterfuck. SDS won a relative majority with 25% of the vote and just as many seats in the parliament but party leader Janez Janša will be shitting Lego bricks trying to put together a workable coalition. Far behind SDS in second place is LMŠ of Marjan Šarec with 13 seats. After that, the field gets crowded. Social Democrats (SD) of Dejan Židan and SMC of Miro Cerar have 10 seats each, The Left have nine followed by NSi with seven. DeSUS of Karl Erjavec and SAB of Alenka Bratušek have five each. Rounding off the pack are Zmago Jelinčič’s nationalists (SNS) with four seats. This is the most fractured parliament Muddy Hollows has had in ages, and putting together a coalition will be a nightmare, No wonder there is plenty of talk of a repeat vote in six months’ time.
He goes on to look at the winners and losers in the results:
Winners: Viktor Orban, SDS, SMC, The Left, Alenka Bratušek Party (SAB), SNS, Ljudmila Novak, Pollsters.
Neither-nors: SD, NSi, LMŠ.
Losers: SLS, DeSUS, Karl Erjavec, Alenka Bratušek, Matej Tonin, Marjan Šarec, Turnout.
There then follows a lengthy, detailed, and thoughtful analysis of the status of each of the winners, losers and neither-nors, which is well worth your time if you want to dig deeper into names and policies that will define the next few weeks of politics and the eventual government.
Or, as Pengovsky concludes his analysis, “it’s time to break out the popcorn and enjoy the horse-trading and the inevitable shitshow”. Read the whole thing here.