It has now become clear that, within the ranks of the democratic opposition, there is at least one point of unity. This common point is the autocratic and illegitimate nature of the government. There can be no excuse whatsoever for demolishing our democratic achievements. In my view there are at least three weaker areas that could give enough ammunition for the opposition to exploit in the future.
1. The Basic Law states that no one can strive for the exclusive expropriation of power. Viktor Orbán is doing exactly that, which makes his government not only illegitimate but also illegal and unlawful. The body, to which one can have recourse to in such cases is the Constitutional Court. It proclaims that it is the duty of every citizen to stand up for the law. Of course, the judges of the Constitutional Court may say that it is not within their purview to fulfill this basic duty. The emphasis is on the word 'duty'. So, in view of their proclamation, I call on the Constitutional Court to fulfill their obligation towards the constitution and the citizens. Our duty is to help their work, which we will do by dint of the newly proclaimed constitutional blockade.
2. It is evident that, besides striving for overlordship over Hungary, the prime minister is building his own financial and business empire. That is why we established the Committee of Clean Hands, which is meant to put an end to the endemic sleaze, corruption and cronyism. The political and financial support of close friends, the illegal off-shore firms, the illicit building of a media empire and state orders without public procurement are just a few facts for which the prime minister will have to be called to account. He will also have to give an explanation for the privileged treatment of Közgép Zrt. (a construction firm), and CBA (a food store chain). The leaders of the aforementioned firms have strong ties to the prime minister, and both enjoy an unprecedented monopoly on the Hungarian market.
3. The ideological underpinning of the Orbán regime is built on the alliance of the throne and the altar. When the prime minister speaks of Christianity, he doesn't seem to understand its main message. Instead of professing some humility and compassion towards the poor of our society, Orbán broadens the privileges of the Church. Today, astonishingly, members of the Church are exempted from the general sharing of taxation and the road tax. The Democratic Coalition will introduce an amendment, which will curb the unreasonable privileges of the Church in Hungary. It is our conviction that the Church should fulfill its moral obligations towards the people, but they should do so with humility.
I call on the people to fight with deeds instead of words! Let's not leave things as they are. I know you wouldn't want that.
Ferenc Gyurcsány, Facebook/gyurcsanyblog, March 16. 2012.
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