Personally, I am an outright supporter of the idea to write a tragedy about the life of Ferenc Gyurcsány. This crazy idea already indicates who the right-wing in Hungary fears even today, encompassing all its various colors from orange to brown.
Budapest mayor István Tarlós – who currently enjoys the support of Fidesz – definitely crossed a barrier when he gave power over theatres to openly anti-Semites and fomenters, and it does not matter who might have pressed him to do so. What I am really talking about here is not that what kind of acts he attached his otherwise worn-out name to (despite the fact that he first became mayor of Óbuda [Budapest’s 3rd district] as a candidate of SZDSZ, i.e. the Alliance of Free Democrats), but about that this kind of “Kulturkampf” in Hungary was last known only in the 1930s. Because that was the time when Hungarian Nazis (members of the so called Arrow-Cross Party) demanded various positions from Horthy time and again, who sometimes compensated himself for this bullying by putting Ferenc Szálasi (the leader of Hungarian Nazis) into jail – but eventually, the Regent passed all powers onto Szálasi. This should be a very strong warning not only to Mr. Orbán but also to the democratic opposition of Hungary.
The thing that happened to Budapest’s Új Színház [literally: “New Theatre”] is a shame, even though István Márta has recently messed with Fidesz; but now, he will surely learn once and for all that “Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi”: he is now left in ruins. During his term as director of the theatre, he kept at least the troupe as well as the finances in good order, while the audience liked his play. But just like the Attila József Theatre (which was also favored by the public, but it was too far away from the ruling class) did not matter at all; by now it has turned out that Új Színház (which was a little bit closer politically) can also be disposed of at any time. I would not be in the shoes of Károly Eperjes [a famous Hungarian actor]: either he stands up for the other troupe members, or he joins the new companion. If he chooses to leave, then it will be a significant loss for everyone, but his integrity remains intact; while if he chooses to stay, he too will become a servant of an untenable concept.
I would only like to point out to what conditions might prevail within the ranks of Fidesz if this kind of change could have happened in Budapest; because it’s an absolute certainty that this truly outrageous event could never have occurred without their consent.
Anyway, if there’s somebody in this country whose life is worth writing a tragedy on, then this person is István Csurka. Formerly the personal rapporteur to György Aczél [the “almost almighty” supervisor of Hungary’s cultural life and a major ideologist before the democratic transition], who – despite this – has been awarded the József Attila Prize for his achievements in Hungarian literature twice; the person who played a major role in destroying MDF (the Hungarian Democratic Forum, the first freely elected governing party following the transition); and also the person who allegedly occupied the flat of István Angyal, who was executed not long after 1956. The author who attacks large shopping malls in his writings but spends his money in those same shopping centers; the person who was paid as much as 28 million forints for job assignments he never actually delivered. And the person who appointed his companion to be the chief financial officer (CFO) of MIÉP [Magyar Igazság és Élet Pártja; i.e. Party of Hungarian Justice and Life; a radical far-right political party], and the list could go on and on. I would not like to cite now not even a single line from his newspaper called “Magyar Fórum” (Hungarian Forum) because I do not want to blemish my blog – some radical readers will do it anyway.
Viktor Orbán will never be able to wipe out this disgrace that happened in this fall of 2011 to the cultural life of Budapest. Though it’s also true that this does not matter to him anymore. He even dared to commit the crookedness of organizing a protest in support of him to exactly the same place where, originally, his opponents wanted to hold a demonstration. Perhaps, the people will stay at home because of fear?
But they will not!http://greczy.blog.hu/2011/10/08/dorner_csurka