Blogwriters are queuing up for the political funeral of Ferenc Gyurcsány. One post after the other appears, exclaiming what a gigantic jerk, what a clumsy bastard the former prime minister would be, “if the suspicion were to hold true”. In reality, that “if” largely disappears by the 2nd paragraph, and the texts become affirmative. What’s more, two blog writers – one of them an educated specialist – even said that now it was Gyurcsány’s turn to prove his innocence, otherwise he would become a political cadaver. Quite a mess, we are in.
But all of that does not matter. I’d rather not repeat what was already written by a number of others in just a couple of hours, and what will be written by many more: namely that if Gyurcsány really had stolen his diploma essay, he should not be excused, and nobody should start futile arguments, e.g. about the difference between a diploma essay and a doctoral thesis. Or shout about that FIDESZ, who had defended Schmitt, should now keep quiet and not attack Gyurcsány. Let’s not waste time on this.
What disturbs me is another underlying claim of this flood of acrticles, according to which the whole of the left is in such a state of disarray because Fraciscus Diabolicus, single-handedly, is discrediting the whole bunch. “As the example at hand also demonstrates”. Every time he takes the floor, whatever he says, the right has already won. Therefore, he should finally be so kind as to sod off forever. Because, Dear Reader, this is gigantic crap, a huge mistake, and, from the point of view of the left, an act of momentous self-deception – the truth still being that the entire distinguished left, the liberals, ecologists and alternatives, all of them together, do not have a single other figure with even nearly as much political talent or courage as Ferenc Gyurcsány. Otherwise, by now, the Socialist Party should have shown some measureable popularity gains. Alternatively, public opinion would have had enough time to discover the charisma of András Schiffer. Or the sparkling political heavyweight of Andor Schmuck. Instead, we see that the only bunch to be able to show the sort of strength that FIDESZ still has, is the obviously super constructive “fed up with everyone” camp. And while we are wasting time on dead-ends like “One Million for Press Freedom” (Milla), and elect our selves an alternative presidential puppet out of a heap of caricatures with questionable mental health, Orbán is quietly smiling to himself. Sadly, my brothers, what is discrediting the left is not Ferenc Gyurcsány, but the total inadequacy of their political product. Consequently, it is not his ritual slaughter that will do the trick.
If anyone revisits the political milestones of the last two years, such as the constitution, the election law, or the election of the new president, he will have to confess that it was Ferenc Gyurcsány who saw the right course to follow – namely: uncompromising resistance – a million miles ahead of anyone else on the left. And that’s only half the story, because it also happens to be him, who seems most capable to translate that course into tangible political action. Hating Orbán in a unarticulated, emotional way (4K!, MIlla) is not nearly sufficient. The “we equally despise everyone” attitude of LMP was not even enough to start a miserable referendum. And the Socialists’ “we are not Gyurcsány” identity , really, is lacking some credibility. Gyurcsány, to the contrary, managed to create a party above the parliamentary threshold in a mere six months – against very strong and undivided resistance by all other political forces. In itself, this does not get us anywhere either. But still...
To sum it up: nobody should try to excuse Gyrucsány. Do not muddle. Instead, insist on a “fair trial”. Not because he is Gyurcsány, but because even he has the right. Just like Schmitt had. The process to follow, as well as the possible outcomes, are very much the same. So therefore, anyone who has any sort of facts about the case, should come forward with them, but bloody right away. The accusers, Gyurcsány, the University, his former teachers, everyone. And the institution that has the right, the University, namely, should declare whether or not Ferenc Gyucsány has a legitimate diploma. The rest is all obvious.
But until then, my dear friends on the left, do not to try to be more Orbán than Orbán himself. It ‘s not a very glorious role, and it isn’t really indicative of a superior intellect, either.
I, for my part, do not believe that Ferenc Gyurcsány could once more become prime minister. Neither that he wants to. But I do believe that it will not be possible without him. I do not think that if the thoroughly prepared Kubatov-cheat that is being distastefully referred to as the “2014 elections” will not suffice after all to secure Orbán’s power, the Fidesz-LMP coalition hanging in the air would put our little Balkanised world in order. And I do not believe that Attila Mesterházy, bereft of his moustache, could kill the dragon.
My personal conviction is essentially irrelevant. Who cares if I trust Gyurcsány, and do not believe anything Hír Tv is saying, or even asking, for that matter. (...) But I promise one thing. If it turns out that Ferenc Gyurcsány cheated, the Ghostwriter will put down his pen, forever.
Source: Ghostwriter blog