The End of Gyurcsány-blaming - Gréczy's Blog

greczy      The European Parliamentary elections, held last Sunday, have been crucial from a number of aspects. I would not like to get into analysing other parties' results because this post is, in fact, only about the Democratic Coalition (DK) and because the results of DK are really impressive from a number of aspects.

Of course, the European Parliamentary elections differ from the national Parliamentary elections. Other issues are at stake and the driving forces are different, plus this year the two elections were held one and a half months away from each other. What is for sure is that since 1990 no other party founded after the regime change has achieved close to 10 per cent when running for the first time – and independently – in any election. DK only needed two and a half years to achieve this, not to mention that it was unlawfully deprived of its faction in the Parliament at the end of the last cycle recently. The move also deprived DK of hundreds of millions of HUF in revenue from the state budget as well as of numerous opportunities to voice its opinion on issues.
With regard to its party membership and nationwide presence, DK became the strongest organisation of the Democratic side in a span of two and a half years. Ferenc Gyurcsány's team became the second strongest force after ruling Fidesz not only in Budapest, but also in cities and towns including Győr, Székesfehérvár, Kaposvár and Százhalombatta. The party gained over 5 per cent of the votes in many municipalities that were previously believed to be hardly receptive, including small villages.
These are the facts and figures. However, the most important development is probably that the era of blaming Ferenc Gyurcsány has come to an end. The hypothesis on whether the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary 'brings votes to or takes votes from' the Democratic side is now disproved. LMP's constant message campaign focusing on credibility became pointless, since DK received almost twice as many votes as they did. The often-voiced opinion of E14-PM that 'there is a need for an era change and without the people of the past' also became useless. From 'the people of the past', i.e. from the two former premiers, it is Ferenc Gyurcsány who received more votes. A number of Socialist Party politicians may think over now whether it was worth making more difficult Gyurcsány's work as Prime Minister and party Chairman back then. From now on, no journalist, no political scientist and not any self-proclaimed well-wisher intellectual or 'friend' has the right to come forth and say: 'Feri, you'd better step down!'

Last Sunday's voting results also indicate that there are many on the Democratic side who respect Ferenc Gyurcsány's performance as former Head of Government as well, notwithstanding the attacks directed at him from every part of the Hungarian political spectrum.
The work will be carried on. Democratic parties depend on each other in the autumn local government elections. With the right amount of wisdom, Fidesz could be replaced in a number of towns and cities. There are now new conditions to make this happen, and it would be worth taking advantage of them.