Uncle Tibor’s blog online
As far as I am concerned, the Hungarian prime minister might have many faces, but that he has at least two faces one can be sure. One face is for his own people, the other one is for the leaders of Western Europe. No harm is done, because the internal one can only be seen in Hungary, the external one is for foreign use only. This latter one is exclusively reserved for diplomats, heads of state, businessmen, who have some experience of the real world, and so on. So he saves them from hearing of Indian proverbs and the like and does not mention every second minute the two-third majority nor the ballot box revolution. On the contrary, he reassures them that those expressions are strictly for home consumption. His political intentions are friendly for the multinational companies and his lip service back at home is just that. He does not want to revise The Treaty of Trianon, not even in his darkest nightmare. But in case worse comes after bad (which will come for sure) the one and a half million Hungarian over the border will come to his rescue with their voting right and he might hold onto the Holy Crown a bit longer.
This would do fine, because the western businessmen are not interested in Trianon or the borders, well especially not the borders, but the Robin Hood tax is a real pain in their ass. Well, in this aspect the businessmen lose out. The prime minister now has to focus on politicians therefore with his broad smile he fondles Angela Merkel.
Orbáns’s home face is quite different, he can afford this extra showiness because out there in the West nobody speaks or even understands Hungarian. His home face has the expression of all the Hungarian folk heroes combined and tells it straight into the TV camera with considerable pride that the West should go to the hell, we will walk on our own way and like baron Münchausen we will pull ourselves out of our debt by grasping our hair and just pull and pull and pull. The IMF should shit itself all over again and again. In four years time the IMF will borrow money from us, and if we get real angry, we will make the forint the reserve fiat money of the world. That is a fact!
This two-faced characteristic is not new it is been on the table for years and has resulted in considerable success. It is common knowledge whatever is successful should not be changed. Consequently during the last ballot everything was just fine, after that even finer. In no time at all, one bill was passed after the other in quick succession and his power was getting anchored deeper and deeper as the hours passed by. While the supporters felt happier all the time, and cheered every new move, such as: cutting back the jurisdiction of the Constitution court; robbing the pension funds; reducing the unemployment benefit; changing the media law, and implanting quasi censorship; etc. These are all pardonable if the multinationals have to pay extra tax, so the people are happy.
And so am I. We have a cunning prime minister. Consider this, back in the 1950’s Rákosi made a beautiful constitution ensuring the right of free opinion, of public meeting, free movement and included every possible branch of civil rights, on paper. In reality nothing was enforced or rather the breach of these “laws” was the norm. Our smart PM has it down perfectly. He will stick to the soul and the letter of the constitution up to the last syllabi. He will simply change the constitution to his liking with the help of his two-third majority. England has a monarchic parliamentary democracy. Hungary will have a constitutional autocracy, the first in human history. Hurrah, we finally managed to get into the book of human history.