Tuesday 5 June 2012
The work to turn Hungary back into a planned economy continues. The Budapest City Government has been working on renationalizing the Budapest Sewage plant, and kicking out the foreign owners.
In order to get public support for measures such as this, we are doing another of our “National Consultations”. We are sending out a questionnaire to all Hungarian households containing 16 carefully worded questions, where a no answer to any of the questions is clearly irrational, while a yes answer means that the respondent clearly supports the government policies.
Contrary to conspiracy theories floating around, there are no bar codes on the questionnaires that would enable us to identify the sender of each form. I can assure everyone that we will not keep a record of their responses. Any replies that we do receive will go straight into the recycling bin! This idea of consultation is just a marketing ploy. We’re not actually going to bother listening to their opinions.
Wednesday 6 June
More anti -Semitism in the country. Yesterday the 89 year old chief rabbi was verbally abused in the street. As Prime Minister, I guess I should have personally stood up and made a speech condemning the behavior. The problem is, many of our supporters are anti-Semitic (as are many senior members of the government) and I didn’t want to risk losing their support to Jobbik.
Fortunately President Áder issued a very strong condemnation of such behavior. So I can use that as an excuse for not personally making a statement, and still leave my popularity with the anti-Semites intact.
Friday 8 June 2012
Matolcsy was interviewed by the American news channel CNN about our economic policies. György did his best to put a brave face on what are frankly disastrous statistics. I had to laugh when he said that there are two sides to every coin. He received a lot of derision for his over optimistic view of the economy.
I’m pleased about the interview. György has really shown that he is the one in charge of the economy. So if it does all go pear shaped, he is the one that will be blamed, not me! I’m just the Prime Minister, what do I know about economics.
Tonight the UEFA European Football championships started in Poland, and I was delighted to be invited to attend Poland’s opening game by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
It’s a great shame that Hungary did not qualify. However, with all the work I have been doing on the Football Academies, we will hopefully soon see Hungarian teams participating in the major tournaments once again.
Perhaps that will be my legacy to Hungary. I will be remembered as the Prime Minister who brought Hungarian football out of the doldrums. That would certainly be a great thing to be remembered for!
Saturday 9 June 2012
I attended the funeral of the former Hungarian President Ferenc Mádl today, where I was the keynote speaker. During my speech, I talked about how Mádl had lived for freedom, and died for freedom. Not quite true – he was actually rather a dull man, who actually died from too much good living. I guess it would have been more accurate to say he died from too much freedom!
However he was our choice for President, and he took over from the ever popular Árpád Göncz. It really annoyed me that Göncz, a member of the old liberal party, achieved such popularity.
Sunday 10 June
I received an SMS from house speaker Lászlo Köver (fat Lazlo): “Greetings from the Hungarian Province of Transylvania!” it read. Laci is out there campaigning for the “Magyar Polgári Párt”, one of the two parties that represent the Hungarian minorities in Romania. The other Hungarian party in Romania, the RMDSZ, calls itself a centre right party, but really they are traitors. They told Laci to stop interfering in Romanian politics, saying that he is harming the interests of Hungarian minorities. How ungrateful is that?
Monday 11 June
Lots of new fires to fight. The European Council is considering introducing monitoring procedures against Hungary. Freedom House published another report criticizing us. The economist magazine has written an article slagging off our economic performance.
Don’t these bloody people understand the word democracy? We are the elected government of Hungary. We can do what we like. Future governments can change our laws if they are democratically elected. (Provided of course that 2/3 of the members of parliament agree).
I’ve had enough. I think I may accept Viktor Yanukovic’s invitation to go and watch some of the football in Ukraine. I can leave the rest of the cabinet to deal with these issues.
Freehungary; June 13. 2012.