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Opposition Attacks PM Over State Of The Nation Speech

Tamás Székely 2015.03.02.

Hungarian opposition parties said the speech delivered by PM Viktor Orbán was “empty” and pointed to signs of a “weakening” ruling party. Roland Márton, the deputy leader of the Socialists (MSZP), said that the speech showed Fidesz was in crisis, as it had been deserted by one million supporters. Orbán’s speech included a long wish list, and the prime minister “made a great effort to speak louder than the facts, but in fact failed in that,” Márton said. The left-wing  Democratic Coalition (DK) said that Orbán had delivered “an empty speech” in which he sought to back up his government’s performance with false data. “Hungarians could see a prime minister shaken in his intellectual capacity and scope of action in politics,” said Zsolt Gréczy, the party spokesman.

Fidesz is today unable to either protect or represent the people, he said. Gábor Vona, the leader of radical nationalist Jobbik, said Orbán has been waging a political cold war instead of effective governing. He said the public had heard not a prime minister, but a Fidesz leader who lost confidence, adding that it was no surprise that Orbán had not addressed real issues such as education, health care, free trade talks and the departure of Hungarians from the country.

András Schiffer, co-chair of green LMP, said that Orbán and his government had turned Hungary into a country where working people were poor. He criticised Orbán’s remarks about record high employment, insisting that only 40,000 “crisis-proof” jobs had been created altogether with “development funds rolled out last year, an election year.”  Rebeka Szabó, board member of the Dialogue for Hungary (PM) party, said that the success story Orbán talked about concerned only those “privileged” people who were close to him and to ruling Fidesz. But Hungarian people see through Orbán and want no more “state of the nation speeches hinting at false dreams,” she said, adding that there would be an end to “Orbán’s lies” soon.

Viktor Szigetvári, the leader of the Együtt (Together) party, said the public saw “a tired and shattered” prime minister of a weakening Hungary. At the same time Orbán “forgot” to talk about corruption, poverty and the “hopelessness” that embraces the country, Szigetvári said. Liberal leader Gábor Fodor said that only a “weak prime minister” unable to face his own failure would point a finger at immigrants, at Europe and at the liberals.

PM Viktor Orbán said in his regular start-of-year speech on Friday that liberal multiculturalism was not fit to respond to the issues Europe is faced with today. The questions to be asked include whether the spirit of the Cold War can be stopped from returning and whether Hungary can prevent Russia from becoming its enemy again, he said. “Is it possible for Hungarians to stand by Ukraine’s independence and security for ethnic Hungarians in Transcarpathia and at the same time protect our country’s energy security and economic interests,” he asked. Hungary’s elected leaders must answer these questions from the position of being committed members of the EU and NATO, while keeping Hungary a safe place in an uncertain world, he said.

The Prime Minister argued that Hungarian people are “by nature” politically incorrect, which means that “they have not yet lost their common sense”. Hungarians are interested not in “empty talk but in facts; they want results not theories,” Orbán said. The government has abandoned a neoliberal economic policy, the policy of austerity, the “delusions” of a multicultural society and liberal social policy, which does not acknowledge the common good and rejects Christian culture. Viktor Orbán also said that the next years would have to be about people who work hard every single day. Parallel to the economic growth, the hundreds of thousands of hard-working Hungarians must be supported by increased competitiveness, Orbán insisted.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI photo: public domain


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