Péter Jakab: “We go to this war to win, not to die”
Alfahír asked Jobbik’s newly-elected president about
•the tasks at hand,
•the party’s policies,
•the new party director,
•the upcoming by-election in Dunaújváros,
and the likely attacks. “If we go on with the emotionally intensive political activities I’m known for, and that’s our plan, then we may be able to wake up the voters who are still indifferent or apathetic,” the politician told Alfahír. Interview.
You asked for a strong mandate and you got it as the congress elected your candidates for vice presidents. Why did you need that?
Last year was spent on keeping Jobbik alive and we made it. We’re on our feet. Now we must move forward in a battle where Fidesz is already promising more brutal measures than ever, just so they could stay in power. Besides, many of those who will march alongside us often have a very different view on the world than we do. That’s why it’s very important for Jobbik to be strong and united. What I can see is that we now have a board that will pull Jobbik’s cart in the same direction, and with maximum effort, too. The 88 per cent support I got from the congress shows that the vast majority of the delegates agreed to endorse us to build a human-centred and merit-based national people’s party.
What is the most important task at the new board’s hand?
To deploy our existing human and material resources in such a way that we could bring the maximum out of Jobbik. It’s quite natural that if someone has been fighting since 2010, they can get a bit tired. So we need to give them a new momentum so that they can give a new momentum to the party, too. We must provide a new motivation to the members so that they could go all the way to the wall and even further if necessary in our fight against this regime. We need each and every enthusiastic person to replace this government.
Is Jobbik going to be restructured, too?
When party director Gábor Szabó said he wanted to hand over his office to someone else, he himself admitted that the party needs to be restructured. We need a new momentum in that regard, too. No wonder Jobbik will have a new party director. Our job is to give this opportunity to all Jobbik members. If you feel you’re talented and diligent, and you can prove it with your work, then you can become an MP even if you are just a local member at the moment. But you need to prove your abilities through hard work, and the same applies to the party director’s office, too. We expect a lot from the new party director.
Have you decided who the party director will be?
Not yet, but it’s an important matter because when I announced our meritocratic party programme, I laid out the principle that if someone feels up to a challenge, we should let them be put to the test. Let’s not appoint someone behind closed doors. Let there be an open contest! So, breaking with the traditions, Jobbik announces a tender for party members to apply for the party director position. Anyone who meets certain core conditions will be able to present their concept on how to restructure Jobbik and the board will hear them. After the auditions, we will decide who we consider as the best person for the position.
Even some opposition media outlets published comments suggesting that old Jobbik faces were pushed back even though you were supported by many of them, including Gábor Szabó, Dániel Z. Kárpát, Balázs Ander and György Szilágyi. What actually has changed in Jobbik since last Saturday?
Indeed, there were some very old Jobbik faces who disappeared and ended up in Our Homeland or in Fidesz, for that matter. I’m glad they’re gone. But those old Jobbik members who want to build our community have stayed with us here. For example, Dániel Z. Kárpát has always proved with his work that he’s needed while Balázs Ander has been conducting a very pronounced policy as the voice of the rural population. But we also have new faces, of course. When you talk about renewing a party, you must not be afraid to bring in new, perhaps less known names such as Anita Potocskáné Kőrösi, who has proven to be the best solution as a financial expert and the vice mayor of Siófok when it came to anti-corruption struggles or management under a tight budget.
And what will Jobbik represent?
There’s a perfect continuity in terms of ideology and identity. Jobbik has always represented a patriotic, national, Christian and conservative line, and we will continue to do so. There were no debates on this matter whatsoever. The only differences of opinion are related to how much ideology should be emphasized. My view, which is openly laid out on the Congress’ table, is that ideology is not the most important issue when a nation is struggling for its survival. In happy peace times, when you live in a welfare state, you of course can and should discuss ideological matters but when we are the EU’s second poorest nation, when 38 thousand people die in our hospitals for no justifiable reason, when tens of thousands of people are evicted from their homes, then ideology is not the most important thing. Instead, we must be able to find solutions for these problems as soon as possible.
Not to mention that when you focus on people’s problems, ideological differences suddenly disappear, too. Regardless of political sides, all Hungarian people need higher wages, a modern healthcare system and education. And we need the support of all Hungarian people to replace this government.
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