Predicts Fidesz’s economic plan will quickly fail
The government’s recently announced “Széll Kálmán Plan” will “be blown away in the first wind of spring”, according to the leader of the nationalist party Jobbik. Gábor Vona was addressing a crowd of a few thousand on central Deák tér on the 15 March national holiday.
A few thousand turned out for the Jobbik rally where leader Gábor Vona said Hungary had fallen into three traps.
His party has an alternative to the government’s economic package aimed at reducing the national debt and balancing the budget, he said: the “Béla IV” plan, named after a mediaeval Hungarian king.
The far-right party would renegotiate the national debt, hold referendums on the Constitution and, retroactively, on the nation’s signing of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, and keep Hungary’s land in Hungarian hands. Jobbik would also “cut the pensions of former (Communist) party functionaries from hundreds of thousands of forints to the minimum”, while a 3000-strong gendarmerie would keep order in the countryside, Vona said. Further details of the plan will be revealed soon, he added.
Gábor Vona enters stage right.
Ethnic shift worrying
Hungarians are “slaves once again” and “the Fidesz revolution did not bring change”, Vona continued. He called Orbán’s conservative party an “orange ostrich” ignorant of the country’s problems. Vona listed three “traps” into which he said Hungary had fallen. First was the national debt, which Fidesz insists on paying. Second, Hungary had become the “dustbin of Europe” which, in Vona’s words, was welcomed into the EU only for its cheap labour. Finally, the number of Hungarians continues to fall while “the gypsy population grows ever larger”. This was not racism but a real social and economic problem. “Anyone who doesn’t understand this is not normal.”