Gyurcsány, the Last Democrat
I have to declare so: these days, Ferenc Gyurcsány is the last Democrat in Hungary and there is a great risk that he will continue to be the last one for a very long time. He is the only one who - as a billionaire Socialist - still understands people and he is the last one who is able to admit his mistakes. The whole political campaign of Orbán and his circle consisted of attacks against Gyurcsány. The main points were that Gyurcsány and of course, Bajnai abolished the "thirteenth month" pay in the public sector and the "thirteenth month" pension as well. They alleged that they would reclaim all of these benefits, since this is what people wanted. Then they assumed power and see what: they reintroduced neither the "thirteenth month" pension, nor the "thirteenth month" pay. In this way, they admitted - without saying a word - that Gyurcsány and his experts were right: things could not go on as before. There is just no way any longer to spend like there is no tomorrow.
February 20 2011
Rethinking the Autumn of 2006
If there is a right time to open up the dossier of the autumn of 2006, then this is it. I mean the thick piles of papers that - for mysterious reasons - neither the Fidesz, nor the MSZP, neither the Jobbik, nor the LMP intended to scrutinize. The SZDSZ and the LMP (that made it into the parliament on the ruins of the SZDSZ) - in collaboration with the Fidesz - dropped the issue into the very, very orange-colored dossier labeled "It's Gyurcsány's Fault". Their eyes were blinded by politics and political interests. Not even a fraction on the Left was embarrassed by that interpretation. And there is the Jobbik, too whose circles deeply influenced the course of events. Although they had different intentions, the political purposes of all these players were the same: they did not want to face what happened during the siege of the headquarters of the Hungarian TV, then on October 23rd when the police dissolved the crowd, and on all national holidays from that day on when protesters gathered regularly to dishonor official programs. Did anyone investigate how was it possible that Hír Tv was the only TV station that reported live from the HQ of the Hungarian TV where the so called "revolutionists" - in fact, scoundrels - caused serious damage to public property? How was it that the Fidesz organized its memorial right to the Astoria, where the participants associated with the mask-wearing mob coming from the Corvin Movie Theater, while the abandoned Elisabeth Bridge provided a free and unimpeded escape for Orbán? Even if others do not think so, the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) should investigate into that issue in order to assure the credibility of the police as well as for its own sake, and even for the sake of the Republic. It should deal with that issue - both before and after the parliamentary agenda. And following the next failure of Orbán those who were acquitted this time might be able to break and smash things again, just because they do not like the change in government?? This is how it is intended to be?
Népszava, February 21 2011.
Orbán received several wounds
Orbán received several wounds: last year he was the one, who nailed down that we do not amend the media law. We do. He was the one who - through his spokesman - mentioned that the EU reactions had only technical nature. Today it is clear that the EU demanded the essential elements of the law as well. He was the one who claimed that we are only willing to amend our media law if other EU member countries do it as well because this is a 'completely European law', and its elements can be found in other European regulations. And yet we are amending without initiating specific changes in other countries regulations. Either because we would be week to do so or Orbán did not tell the truth and the passages are not included in other regulations. Moreover: he was the one who arrived from a swabbing, although he obviously knew about the details of the agreement and with a military background he is aware of the necessary 'ingredients' for swabbing: well the fourth is the swab itself. And there is enough water left in the bucket: it is possible that the government considers this issue for its part closed but maybe the Union does not. And neither do we: because although the fourth is an important point but the constitutional principle of free speech and press is more important, to which this amended law does not correspond. In order to make Viktor Orbán's task easier we reveal the identity of the offender: it is not the MSZP and its left-liberal intellectuals, but those Hungarian professional organizations, including the Népszabadság, which turned to the Constitutional Court. We do not refer ostentatiously to the inviolability of our self-esteem: we fight for it with the confidence in our moral and legal right.
Népszabadság, February 21 2011
Unraveling the Truth
The prime minister's speech - due to its minimalist content - was based on the classical rhetorical elements of persuasion, even more than before; and the combination of these two features resulted in one of Orbán's dullest speeches we have ever heard, basically revolving around one single idea.
http://torokgaborelemez.blog.hu/, February 7, 2011
Orbán, sit, you failed!
2014 is the latest date given by Orbán, by which he promised economic growth. That is three years from now, until then we will have to put up with reduced wages, a HUF 2 million monthly salary for his sidekick and an additional HUF 500,000 monthly allowance for himself. A tax system that prefers the well-off and deprives the needy. Today, it was the film industry which was voicing its concerns over governmental intrusion. Orbán's speech itself was also a failure as it lacked clarity and purpose.
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