A scathing article on Orbán's position re Unkraine's accession to the EU. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/dec/06/ukraine-eu-accession-viktor-orban I'm still wonderring what the EU will…
Some Personal Impressions
Today I want to do something very different. No review of things I collected from different news outlets, or social media, or other public sources, today I would like to write about a personal experience. Yesterday afternoon Péter Márki-Zay held a gathering in Szekszárd, not too far away from the place I live and although not my own electoral district I took the chance to have a personal impression from nearby. I might have to add that I am not regularly visiting this kind of gatherings.
Szekszárd is as entire Tolna, the county of which it is the capital, traditional FIDESZ land. For the 3 electoral districts in the county Unity for Hungary needs a miracle to win. BTW the 3 districts of Tolna are all less inhabited than the 15 % below average the electoral law allows. Tolna 2 and 3 are the smallest of all Hungarian electoral districts, Tolna 1 is the 5th least populated district. In 2018 FIDESZ won these 3 districts with between 51.56 and 58.45 %.
On the central square in the historical part of town, where about 31 000 inhabitants live, stood a small stage. In front of it just a few hundred people gathered in the drizzle. Márki-Zay went through the rows of the audience to shake some hands and exchange a few words. He had a friendly and committed demeanour, without any shyness or airs and graces. A serious and people-interested behaviour. As short as the time for this impression was, compared not only to my local mayor a very pleasant person. I personally had some reservations because of earlier statements of MZP, but I am positively surprised of the person without having a microphone in front of him.
Before getting the word a member of a local association spoke a few words, thereafter Tamás Harangozó (MSZP,) the local district candidate and vice chair of his delegation in parliament. To be honest, I am not impressed by his words. I remember better statements of him. As far as I know this was the 4th speech Péter Márki-Zay held only yesterday and he was as combative as a week before at the campaign opening event. This man shows a lot of energy. For me it was the 5th speech during this week I listened to in full length and none of them were the same or just similar. Of course the themes were repeated, the slogans were the same, but the details were very different again! And while in cases he answered questions he read the questions either from a piece of paper or his phone and he had papers to prepare his evaluation of the year, he spoke completely free yesterday. Free and fast. That he is a fast speaker I also was scared about when translating passages from videos. When listening to Orbán I think “come on, say something,” while for Márki-Zay I am constantly need to jump back in a video, because I can’t stop just in a tiny break, but he is already in the midst of the next sentence, when I am able to hit the pause button.
In content the main topics were similarities between Szekszárd and Hódmezővásárhely. Both have been victims of Elios lightning, the former company of Orbán’s son-in-law István Tiborcz, who was allowed to ask high prices for not working public lightning as only bidder in public tenders. And he spoke about similarities between the local FIDESZ deputies Horváth and Lázár. To be honest, I knew the former minister Lázár, who became too powerful for Orbán and was sent to the back bench, while I am not aware what the other “brave man” would have done – besides serving as brave voting machine for Orbán. Being prepared for the special situation of a single district – 1 of 106 nation-wide – is impressive.
As some of you might know I have spent a long period of my live working for a foreign family owned company and was among other things responsible for hiring. Doing this for a long time one develops a sense for the difference between what people say and how they behave, the difference between show and reality. Perhaps you also might remember that I was hoping Gergely Karácsony would win the primaries and that after he stepped down I voted with a heavy heart for Klára Dobrev. Since I know that there are no alternatives through our rigged electoral system and because I respect the democratic decision in the primaries, I accepted already months ago that MZP is the only democratic candidate having the chance of winning the elections and that he needs everybody’s help. Yesterday my personal impression changed, I would hire Péter Márki-Zay. I changed my mind about him from having in some aspects a problematic to having just a complex personality. It is human to make mistakes, it is human to say something without thinking well before – and in opposite to FIDESZ voters often expecting faultless saints I am already happy when a politician is an honest person who does not abuse power. I went home with the relief that understanding and feeling merged.