Sunday Report: The weirdest things happening in Slovenia (March 2-8)

Same-sex marriage got legalised!! I hope this lures over some tourists because nobody here is getting married anymore and I’m not sure our native gay couples will be any keener on tying the knot than their hetero counterparts. Myself I’ve recently come to realise that I’m likely to stay engaged indefinitely largely because there seems to be no benefit in getting married and you are in fact penalised for getting hitched; like if you happen to find yourself unemployed you are not entitled to as much jobseeker’s allowance as an unmarried person. What can I say, more power to those who still believe in marriage enough to go through with it. And when I think of it, I find it quite funny that certain vocal conservatives who’ve had so much to say against homosexuals marrying each other fail to realise that marriage-keen gays may be their last allies in the fight to preserve the sanctity of marriage.

One of our most famous fugitives from the law, Mr Robert Časar, has been hiding in the Dominican Republic and then the French somehow got him (I wasn’t paying that much attention really) and now he’s agreed to be extradited to Slovenia. Recently his notoriety has been given a new lease of life because he managed to get an outhouse or something like that legalised while on the run from the law which – quite understandably – got people laughing so hard it measured on the Richter scale. But now it would appear that our legal system finally pulled its head out of its arse and Mr Časar’s real estate is about to be auctioned off to pay what he owes. The second creditor in the line is the Republic of Slovenia while the first one is an anonymous lienor who has three months to come forward before it’s assumed the mystery creditor is in fact Mr Časar himself. And here’s where it really gets funny: for years people had been keeping their property from going under the hammer by inventing fictitious debts as there was no law requiring the lienor to reveal their identity and perhaps not surprisingly many of these lienors were in fact the lienees themselves. It would appear that this loophole has now been closed and I’ll be delighted to keep an eye on future developments.

We have a cute little application called Supervisor where you can see where the taxpayer’s money has been going. When the data for the last twelve years became publicly known, some striking figures raised many a brow. In addition to a hyperactive court interpreter who had pocketed monies that would have taken the average taxpayer about 50 years to earn, our very Minister of Education seemed to have helped herself to a similar sum on top of the salary she had been earning as a dean. That wouldn’t have been unusual in itself and in fact I’m pretty sure both the linguist and the politician will not be found to have done anything strictly against the law (please note that our laws are lax to the point of being ridiculous), but then something most extraordinary happened. The Minister handed in her resignation, saying she felt that the public backlash would have hindered her in performing her function. I can’t remember the last time anything like this happened because Slovenians in high places tend to cling to their office come hell or high water and I can’t help but feel this lady’s resignation must be a sign of a new era, hopefully one where our public figures know when to fold and do the decent thing.

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