Ghostwriter-blog: We won, but...

So there won't be any registration of voters after all – and we are right to be happy about it. But only up to a point – as the essence of things has not changed.

We can be happy because, it seems, Fidesz could be beaten into retreat on at least one important issue. And – contrary to what some observers are saying – this indeed was a victory for the opposition. For all those, who had protested, who walked out, went on strike, to protest, stood in the human chain, wrote articles, went on TV to give interviews, or made noises in any other way. A victory for those who cared, and stood up for their opinions, and were not frightened of the eggheads who sought to make fun of them, or – in the name of a "balanced view" or "objectivity" went as far as to say that the whole issue of registration was "overrated".

Nevertheless, our democracy is still where it was a week ago – on the verge of being non-existent. The next elections will still be held under gravely unjust conditions. The election law is full of provisions which provide advantage to the current ruling parties. The implementation rules of the elections are also gravely doubtful, indeed. And chances are, that by the time we actually can go to the polling stations, they will be even worse.

Fidesz may well have backtracked this time, but they are still very much in command. They have occupied all democratic institutions – severely weakening them, or even making them obsolete. We have as much of a constitution as we did between 1949 and 1989. Parliament is in no way a counterweight to the government. The independence of justice has severely been weakened. The prosecutor general and the president of the court of auditors are both party soldiers. There are less people who believe in the fairness of public procurements than in Santa Claus. The public media service has ceased to exist. Instead of a national TV, radio or news agency, we only have propaganda. The commercial media are under constant political pressure, and a poor shadow of their earlier selves. In a couple of week's time the independence of the National Bank will also be a thing of the past. And the list could go on.

All of that has not changed because of a single decision of the Constitutional Court. Indeed, I do not think that we could even rehabilitate the Court itself. They deserve credit for this decision, but the times when we could blindly trust in the constitutional judges curtailing any overly ambitious government measures, are long gone..

Our party and our government are still the same as they were last week. They are working against us, not for us. Watch their hands, they are cheating. Still they do. And even if we do not need to register, we will still need to go to vote. Not a bit: a lot.