Márton Gyöngyösi: Parliamentary means are no longer enough to free Hungary
Zsúrpubi: What was the atmosphere like in the meeting of the parliamentary faction?
Márton Gyöngyösi: We had a constructive meeting in a very good atmosphere, focusing on the evaluation of the election results, drawing the conclusions and discussing the tasks ahead. The evaluation of the campaign and the elections is a longer process which has not finished yet. Although many critical comments were made, the faction is united and ready to fight; there is no sign of lethargy, division or pessimism. The party’s new board to be elected after next week will be assigned to develop the strategy for the upcoming years but the parliamentary faction will obviously have a key role as well: we must learn from our mistakes, set realistic goals and identify the means in the streets, in the movement and in Parliament to help us corner Fidesz, which is busy working on building a one-party system.
ZSPB: Are there any means to “corner” Fidesz’ two-thirds majority?
MGY: Jobbik had excellent results in large provincial cities but we must regain the trust of the small settlements and villages, we have to reach out to the people as we are convinced that Fidesz, contrary to its promises, has left a significant part of our society “by the roadside”. The governing party has based its campaign and politics on fear and people’s visceral hatred while it has neglected the real problems.
It is very important for Jobbik to further reinforce its social people’s party character and continue its policy that was launched by our campaign for a European Wage Union. We must address such issues as the brain and hand drain, the demographic disaster, impoverishment, wage slavery and the problems of foreign currency loan holders, all of which are the result of the Hungarian economic policy built on cheap labour.
We have to centre our policies around solving the terrible problems of education and healthcare, which are the token of our compatriots’ intellectual and physical well-being as well as the competitiveness of Hungary’s economy. The government has failed to do anything substantial in these areas. It won’t be an easy task, especially now when the freedom of the press is totally eliminated. The key objective for the party’s new board will be to find the means to confront Fidesz’ total dominance.
ZSPB: The first decision of Jobbik’s parliamentary faction was to dismantle the cordon to be set up around the Parliament for the first session. At the moment, it seems there is nothing to dismantle.
MGY: The situation has changed minute by minute, our actions have obviously had to be adjusted to that. What made us to announce dismantling the cordon was the principle that the people must not be kept away from the nation’s main square on the day of celebrating democracy; when the newly-elected parliament is formed.
We believe that Fidesz and Christian Democrats rightfully thought back under Gyurcsány’ dictatorship that Kossuth Square must not be cordoned off, and the same applies to May 2018 when a dictatorship of an entirely different colour is being built.
There’s no place for cordons in a democracy, especially on the day when the new Parliament is formed. The winners of the election must be able to bear the dissent and criticism of the masses, and where else could it be expressed than in Kossuth Square?
ZSPB: Will Jobbik be present in the streets as long as the protests go on?
MGY: The street protests are organized by all the opposition forces, so Jobbik’s representatives have obviously been present there, too. It is quite clear that the diminishing parliamentary framework will not be sufficient for us in the upcoming government term to free Hungary from the snare of Orbán’s authoritarianism. We have to grab whatever means we can, and Jobbik is determined to reinforce its grassroots character in line with its origins. Although we will do our best to represent our programme and the will of our 1.3 million voters inside the House, we must also regain the streets and return to the field, too!
ZSPB: Talking about “all the opposition forces”; do you think Jobbik may change its strategy and be willing to discuss cooperation and coordinated candidacy in the municipal elections?
MGY: That’s a question of the future. On May 12, the party will hold a congress to elect officials and I believe such strategic issues must be decided by the newly-elected board of the party. Obviously, I have my own personal opinion on the matter but the party’s future road will be determined by the new board to be set up after next week.
ZSPB: And in your personal opinion, does the strategy need to be changed?
MGY: In light of the election results, something needs to be changed, indeed. Of course, there are still a lot of emotions swirling in me and I am still under the effect of the elections held on 8th April. However, there are two major challenges ahead of us: one is the EP elections, the other is the subsequent municipal elections. That’s why our strategy needs to be defined in the upcoming weeks, we must make a decision soon and start preparing for what is to come!
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