Tuesday 22 May
The country is engaged in an ideological dog fight at the moment about Miklós Horthy, who governed Hungary during the interwar years. Many Hungarians hate Horthy because he formed an alliance with Hitler, and was certainly acquiescent, if not actively involved in the deportation of Jews to the death camps.
Far right Jobbik are now claiming that he was actually a national hero, and in the town of Kereki they have erected a statue in memory of him. This has caused much outrage, and a lawyer, Péter Dániel poured red paint over the statue and hung a sign over it saying “mass murderer, war criminal.”
Today in apparent retaliation to Dániel’s act, someone vandalised a statue of Raoul Wallenburg, the Swedish diplomat who saved many thousands of Jews from deportation during the Second World War.
I utterly condemn the vandalism of the Wallenberg statue, but I am very pleased that people are arguing over the past. It helps them to forget the mess that the country is in now!
Wednesday 23 May
This morning the exchange rate for the forint fell to above HUF 300 to the Euro. That’s easily solved! I will just make another announcement saying that we are determined to reach an agreement with the IMF. That always seems to calm the markets.
In reality the government has no intention of making any agreements with the IMF or the E.U. We don’t want them sticking their noses into our business, which is why the amended central bank law that we will present to Parliament in June does not meet the requirements of the European Central Bank. Keep them waiting a guessing, so we can keep the forint high!
In the evening I popped over to Brussels for an “informal dinner” of the E.U. Heads of state. It was a strange affair. Merkel and Hollande sat next to each other in icy silence. David Cameron was complaining that one of his friends has been arrested for sabotaging a criminal investigation. “What’s the problem?” I asked him. “Make sure she goes in front of a friendly judge!” I advised, but Cameron told me that in the UK the prime minister cannot control the judiciary.
The theme of the discussion is top secret, so I can’t divulge it even here. Let’s just say that we have been told to prepare for a certain Southern European country deciding to adopt a new currency called the drachma!
At least they weren’t talking about Hungary this time.
Thursday 24 May
Today we passed our amendments to the amendments to the tax laws, which include the tax on telephone calls. We decided to amend the amended law one more time before it was passed, because the telecom companies are going to pass the tax on to their customers, so it could prove unpopular. We have placed a limit on the tax. So we will have to find another tax to replace the loss of revenue. Matolcsy is suggesting a special condom tax. That would certainly please the Catholic Church.
Back in Hungary, debates about the past continue to rage. Today it’s about a Hungarian writer Nyirő József, who really was a fascist. He was a member of the Arrow Cross movement that governed the country for six months during the last years of the war. That government murdered 15,000 people outright and sent 80,000 Jews to the gas chamber. Nyirő died in exile in Madrid.
In a successful attempt to annoy the government of Romania, we have asked if he can be re buried in Transylvania where he is from. Not surprisingly the Romanian government informed us today that they will not allow such a burial.
In spite of his war record, he remains a national hero. His arguments in favour of maintaining the integrity of Hungarian ethnicity are so clear. I’m pleased that his writings are now back in the Hungarian schools’ curriculum.
Friday 25 May
I had a meeting with Matolcsy and Simor (head of the central bank) this morning so I could brief them on what I learned in Brussels. We need to plan for the contagion that will occur when Greece gives up the Euro. In the worst case, the debt markets will refuse to lend to Hungary, and we could be in big trouble.
Simor urged us to reach agreement with the IMF as quickly as possible, but Matolscy refused, saying he was not going to give up our National Sovereignty to those wankers. He suggested we go to our friends in the East- China or Russia. We agreed that we would consider all options.
The content of the meeting is top secret, so we agreed not to tell the press departments anything. As I left the meeting, I told Simor that we would be amending his contract, and paying him in drachmas now! The look on his face was hilarious!
Wednesday 30 May
I finish my 48th year on the planet with a nice present from the E.U. They have agreed to lift the suspension of the payment of the cohesion funds for next year, as our planned budget deficit is now within the 3% limit. I’ll have to call my friends and ask what we should spend it on!
FreeHungary; May 30. 2012.