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The Secret Diaries of Viktor Orbán

19 December 2012
It may be the festive season, but the government does not believe in goodwill to all men! So as a nice Christmas present to the only opposition radio station (Klubrádió), at 4.00pm on the last working day of the year, we issued them with a decree stating that we have decided their bid for the 95.3 MHZ frequency was invalid. They have 15 calendar days to appeal. That should keep them busy over the holiday period!

21 December 2012
There is a story going around that I am the most unpopular prime minister since 1990. A survey carried out by a polling organization deducted the percentage of people that are unhappy with my performance from the percentage that are happy, and I scored minus 39 points!
I can’t understand this. My main policy objective is to stay popular. I’ve cut taxes; I’ve demanded that energy companies cut their prices. In short, I’ve transferred the burden for financing the huge government operation from the Hungarian people to the foreign multi nationals. And still the people hate me! Even Gyurcsány was more popular in spite of our continuous campaign to blacken his name.
The Hungarian electorate are such a fickle bunch!

25 December 2012
Some lovely Christmas presents. One of my favourites was a book by the writer József Debreczeni which looks at the riots that occurred in October 2006 after the leaking of Gyurcsány’s famous Balatonöszöd speech, in which he admitted to lying to win the elections. A member of his cabinet very kindly copied a recording of the speech, and gave it to us! And in doing so, he made sure that his own party’s popularity would be permanently damaged. All because Gyurcsány was trying to stop him helping himself to taxpayers’ money.
I couldn’t believe my luck when that tape was handed over to us.
Debreczeni’s book brings back some fond memories. It is extremely close to the truth. I’d better not comment on that in public though.

27 December 2012
It seems our work is not complete yet. We have a two thirds majority in parliament. We have a president who is a party member. We have a head of the judiciary who is a party member. We have a media council that is made up of party members. And we have a state media that never says anything bad about the government, and rarely comments on the opposition. But we forgot about the constitutional court. And today that oversight cost us.
When we wrote the new constitution in 2010, we gave parliament the right to make “temporary” amendments to it afterwards. We have made quite a few such temporary amendments in the twelve months since it was issued, such as the requirement that voters must register if they want to vote (even though we have a perfectly accurate register of all Hungarian residents).
Today the constitutional court ruled that these temporary changes are not temporary in nature and are therefore invalid
The root of the problem is that only five of the judges were appointed by Fidesz. In other words, we still have a constitutional court that is independent of the government. That simply won’t do!

1 January 2013
New Year! I’m just thinking about our achievements over the last twelve months. A year ago, our currency was in free fall after talks with the IMF broke down. A year later, the IMF is still not back, but our currency has regained its strength.  We’ve shown the world that we can survive without the advice of interfering foreign bodies such as the IMF and the EU. We’ve done it the Hungarian way, and have achieved independence. This year will see the fruit of our labours. The fairy tale is about to reach its happy ending, at least I hope so; otherwise my popularity will match that of the much hated Mátyás Rákosi.

FreeHungary; January 2. 2013.

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