Monday, 12 April 2010

Getting it right

Should a CE-blog report Hungarian affairs?

Conductive World's earlier posting on the Hungarian General Election included a mistaken statement of which party came second and whch third.

Lászlo Szögecki was quick off the mark with a published Comment to correct me:

Jobbik took the third place. Second place is taken by MSZP the former government "giver" party. There was not much different between their election results though.

Anna Ancsur Szabo has similarly pointed out the error of my ways, on Facebook.

Should one mention it at all?

Anna also raises there a further, more general question

I'm not sure its a good idea to post such articles, especially not on a CE site, unless you really have a deep insight into the Hungarian political and social circumstances.

I do not agree with Anna on this but I think that she has a point to make. For those who do not partake in Facebook, here is what I wrote there in response, in defence of my own position:

Apologies for my miscall of second place and thanks to all those who have corrected me over this simple and embarrassing factual point!. In a way, I guess, it doesn't matter too much because of Fidesz's overwhelming landslide, and the context of the low turn-out.. Preliminary results indicate that Fidesz had won 206 seats in the 386-member parliament, the Socialists (the outgoing government) 28, and Jobbik 26. The LMP trailed with five. You are very right, Anna, I certainly do not 'really have a deep insight into the Hungarian political and social circumstances'. I do not even understand the politics of my own country which, next to Hungary's, seem pellucid.. Those who would like a quick peep (in English) at Hungary's, through the eyes of Hungarian commentators, might try:

As for the question of whether it a good idea to post such articles, especially not on a CE site, I beg to differ. The overwhelming majority of the conductor labour force around the world is Hungarian, the even greater bulk of those who employ them is not. Putting aside often expressed complaints that employers have little 'feel' for their vital Hungarian staff, there is the sheer vulnerability of this whole situation. Twenty years ago political change in Hungary radically changed the nature of the then tiny international CE movement. Even today, the international movement is not so big and robust that it might not be open to disproportionate knock-on effects from social/political change in Hungary.

What do others think?

Well, what?

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1 comment:

  1. Interested in the UK election? Here's a blog that you might not know that views it all from a different angle: