Tuesday, 10 February 2015

HUNGARIAN POLITICS

If you didn't laugh...

This once frequent topic on Conductive World has not featured recently. Politics of course still goes on in that country, and without doubt whatever is happening over there will affect Conductive Education there – with knock-on effects for Conductive Education elsewhere. For the outsider, however, the last few months have seen a certain sameness about it all, which even Prime Minister Viktor Orban's egregious flirtation with Vladimir Putin has not relieved. The strains withing Fidesz, the governing party might be important. Interesting? No. It may be awful to put it this way but of late Hungarian politics has not even shown the incidental virtue of entertainment value.

Until this last week or so, that is, when a huge row has broken out at the every top. This may or may not be of real significance but it is certainly entertaining,even attracting the mirthful attention of the hyenas of the Western press. Here is the opening of a report in yesterday's Economist
HUNGARIANS possess a rich vocabulary of swear words and curses, many involving imaginative connections between relatives, their bodily orifices, and farmyard animals. But even by local standards, the invective that Hungary’s most powerful businessman has unleashed over the past few days on his country's prime minister is exceptional. In an interview on Friday with  index.hu, a news website, Lajos Simicska, a former university roommate of Viktor Orban  and one of his closest allies for the past thirty years, called the prime minister a geci, one of the worst insults in the Magyar lexicon. The literal translation of geci is 'sperm', but even that English term fails to convey the Hungarian word's connotations of disdain. Beyond the colourful language, the spat is the most serious break yet in Mr Orban's governing Fidesz party, which despite winning a two-thirds majority of the seats in the most recent elections has begun to show signs of strain...

It concludes –
Unsurprisingly, the row between the former allies has delighted the Hungarian political opposition. Their euphoria will probably be short-lived. The government has maintained an icy silence in response to Mr Simicska’s outbursts, and by Monday morning, the oligarch appeared to be backtracking. A story in Magyar Nemzet claimed Mr Simicska had been criticising the politics of the prime minister and his advisers, not Mr Orban himself. However grammatically implausible, such denials may signal that the political waters are calming. If Hungary's opposition expects to gain traction against Fidesz, it will probably need better ideas and leadership, rather than hoping for another foul-mouthed outburst from Mr Simicksa.

Keep'em coming...

References

(2015) Hungarian politics: Cuss like an oligarch. The country's biggest media mogul turns against Viktor Orban, in no uncertain terms, The Economist, 9 February
http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21642647-countrys-biggest-media-mogul-turns-against-viktor-orban-no-uncertain-terms-how-cuss

Spirk, J. (2015) Simicska Lajos: Kirúgok minden orbánistát, Index.hu, 6 February

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