Tuesday 12 June 2012
A nice trip to Vienna. The Austrians are often quite supportive of my government in our dealings with the EU. I addressed a meeting of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. During the meeting, an angry banker made a critical remark about all the taxes on banks.
Not wishing to spoil what had otherwise been a very supportive meeting, I hinted that we intend to repeal some of those taxes next year.
Later a very sympathetic journalist from Die Presse interviewed me. I explained to him how being outside of the Euro was a good thing for Hungary. We were in the same situation as Greece when my government took over, but thanks to being able to pursue our own agenda, our economy is doing really well again (apart from the GDP and unemployment figures).
Wednesday 13 June
The level of anti-Semitic crimes is increasing daily. I even heard of a Jewish cemetery in Székesfehérvár being decimated. I come from close Székesfehérvár and so I wrote to the leaders of the Jewish community there expressing my sympathy. It's awful the direction in which this country is going. Somebody should do something about it.
Thursday 14 June
The school year is closing, and next year our new curriculum comes in. I’m pleased that writers such a Nyirő and Wass will be included. It seems ridiculous that just because they express anti-Semitic opinions, their literature should be ignored. In an open and free society, people should be free to express their opinions, and others should learn to respect those opinions. (Provided that those opinions are not against my government of course!)
Saturday 16 June
There was a big hoo ha today because another statue of Horthy was erected. I don’t understand all the fuss. Its not as if people were erecting a statue of Adolf Hitler or Stalin. Horthy has been judged wrongly by history. I’ve decided to keep out of this argument anyway. What’s the point in arguing about history? We have to move forward as a nation, and look to the future.
Monday 18 June
Gyurcsány continues to try to discredit my government! I don’t understand how a man who was a member of the communist party during the 1980s has the nerve to do this.
Tuesday 19 June
Had a brain storming session about how we can make life simpler for Small and Medium sized enterprises. I suggested a simplified flat rate tax, based on revenues, to replace all other taxes such as dividend tax and corporate tax paid by owners of small and medium sized enterprises.
Some idiot civil servant from the tax office said, “we already have such a scheme Prime Minister, its called EVA.” I was furious at this stupid comment. EVA was some dodgy tax introduced by the last socialist government to help their friends avoid paying tax. I don’t know how it works, but I certainly want to scrap it. And replace it with a flat rate of revenue tax of say 38% of gross revenue. I think this will be a great boost to the economy.
Freehungary; June 20. 2012.