Jobbik sets new political strategy

In his Tuesday press conference, Jobbik’s president Tamás Sneider criticized the laws so far adopted by the new Parliament and made an important announcement, too.

Political legislation

According to Mr Sneider, the new assembly act violates human rights and he also called reallocating the research funds of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to the Ministry’s competency a political decision. The president believes the curbing of human rights has continued in line with the trend that Hungary had to get used to in the past eight years, and in fact it was even raised to a higher level, which is definitely a negative development for citizens.

The assembly act contains such restrictions that practically allow the authorities to take measures against a demonstration as soon as just the thought of it not being peaceful arises; it has reached the level of thought police, Mr Sneider added. The governing party’s concept on the Hungarian Academy of Sciences has resulted in reduced opportunities for innovation and new ideas, and the trend continues. The Ministry’s control of research funds may lead to Hungary’s further marginalisation.

Economic legislation

In this area, Mr Sneider mentioned the issue of employee fringe benefits collectively called cafeteria. A study shows that 90% of employers is not going to keep their cafeteria under the new conditions, which may have a negative effect on most Hungarian workers, he said. According to Mr Sneider, Fidesz ignores Hungarian male employees and aims to totally exploit them. For eight years now, Jobbik has been promoting the idea of allowing men to retire after 40 years of service, just like women can. He finds it incomprehensible why Fidesz acts so inhumane with regard to workers. On the whole, he called both legislation processes negative and added that a potential economic crisis may bring about a wave of disgruntlement. Even though it is not visible yet, the number of disgruntled groups is rising, as shown by the demonstration of home care nurses, he added. Mr Sneider said the government might even use physical violence to prevent demonstrations.

New strategy

Since the current Parliament has stepped over certain boundaries, Jobbik needs a new strategy, which is being developed by all party members and pro-Jobbik intellectuals. By late September, they will lay down the foundations which will form the cornerstones and guidelines for Jobbik’s renewed policy. The party wants to respond with new methods to a new situation and new challenges. Mr Sneider also noted that his organization, being the largest opposition party, had a major responsibility to do so.

In response to a question, he said that the renewal typically affected methodology rather than the general direction, so they will keep the social people’s party line but human rights issues may be given more emphasis than before.


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