The case when Bajnai, Mesterházy and Rogán do the same

(Gordon Bajnai, former prime minister and leader of Together 2014 political movement, Attila Mesterházy, president of the Hungarian Socialist Party and Antal Rogán, Fidesz fraction leader gave a speech at an anti-Nazi rally held in Budapest last Sunday. Such a broad co-operation is unusual in Hungarian politics . The rally was organized after a Jobbik MP suggested listing Jewish politicians and citizens.)

A part of the issues on the political agenda is really asymmetric. There are some which evoke the same reaction from different political powers as most of the citizens share a similar opinion. National successes and disasters are usually such cohesive cases since the majority is not against the homeland. The matter of anti-Nazism is similar as nobody wants to appear anti-semitic with the exception of some radical minority. This does not mean that all powers share the same interest even though they might share the same stage.

The metaphor may be strange, Mesterházy used the same strategy last Sunday's anti-Nazi rally as Orbán did in his famous 1989 speech at Imre Nagy's reburial. (Imre Nagy, leader of 1956 anti-Soviet uprising, was reburied in 1989. Viktor Orbán as a young politician gave a speech at the event. His thoughts were really radical regarding the then communist regime which had its last days in 1989.) Both of them were more confrontational in a cohesive issue as it had been expected before. We can say Mesterházy was the winner of the rally as he criticized the government and his proposals were echoed later. He met mostly leftist and liberal opposition's expectation. Bajnai might be celebrated by journalists and ambassadors after this event, but the real beneficiaries in political terms were rather Mesterházy and Rogán. Both of them gave some added value to their image and could use the issue to their aims.