The past few days have been rather active, the baboons are acting up as if it was mating season. Actually, it is mating season, when they are desperately trying to find partners so that they can scrounge up more votes before the elections that are due sometime in the Spring. Well, the opposition is at least, as the government is too busy proving that they just stopped giving a fuck, because even the Black Death would be reelected with such competition.
There was LMP, the different party, that managed to split up once again (their previous split happened when Együtt 2014 convinced some of the more treasonous career politicians to bail and form a party called Párbeszéd Magyarországért /Dialogue for Hungary). This time Gábor Vágó, a man known for his exquisite moustache and frequent appearances at protests, simply quit after he wasn’t nominated for any constituencies by the party assembly. If they continue at this rate, they might have more splinter groups than voters by the time the elections come.
The rest of the opposition are still forming the Grand Alliance. Now, the LMP traitors, Együtt, and MSZP are beginning to woo Gyurcsány, to join their cause, in a desperate attempt to recreate the exact same conditions that helped FIDESZ to its absolute majority. How is this going to help them, I have no idea, but I have heard otherwise intelligent people repeating their mantra that a Grand Coalition of opposition parties is the solution. I think they might have hired the underpants gnomes to run the campaign.
FIDESZ, on the other hand, outdid itself with another act that would be political suicide in any normal country. Cink, the Gawker-affiliated macroblogging portal was the first to give news about a newspaper that is to be launched in the near future. Imre Kerényi, wait a sec. I have to explain what this guy is. Imre Kerényi is currently the “Prime Minister’s appointee in charge of creating the basis for national public legal thinking and in connection to this, tasked with preserving and developing Hungarian cultural values”. This is his official title. “A tudatos nemzeti közjogi gondolkodás megalapozásával és ehhez kapcsolódva a magyar kulturális értékek megőrzésével és fejlesztésével összefüggő feladatok ellátásáért felelős miniszterelnöki megbízott”. Fuck me sideways, it makes no sense in Hungarian either. So, this guy is completely batshit crazy and I don’t know what they want to gain from having him around. Perviously, he commissioned painters to illustrate the new constitution, giving a metric fuckton of public money for works of art that were probably produced in a kindergarten. So, he sent around a letter to 100 public figures that they are being asked to contribute to the new Hungarian Chronicle, a newspaper which was the idea of the Prime Minister, where said PM will be a regular contributor and which will, of course, be funded by the government. He then goes on for ever and ever in an incoherent rant about how it will be about positive news, like seeing a “yellow duck” for sale at the market or mobile phone photos of newborn twins. I will translate it another day.
Can’t wait until the campaign really starts…