Péter Jakab: Where has Viktor Orbán gone? Where are the Fidesz MPs? There’s work to do, people!

Despite lasting only 18 minutes, the Hungarian Parliament’s first extraordinary meeting of 2019 will remain memorable. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Fidesz MPs were panned by Péter Jakab in his pre-agenda speech for failing to show up at their workplace. Jobbik’s MP began like this:

“Let me ask the classic question. Where’s Viktor Orbán gone? Where are the Fidesz MPs? There’s work to do, people! There’s overtime! And yet I can see no Fidesz MPs here, even though some make HUF 5 million per month (editor’s note: cca. EUR 15500). They are not sitting here for HUF 5 million per month! They are malingering for HUF 5 million. By doing so, Fidesz slavers are sending the message that they support the idea of having the people work overtime as long as it’s not them. They are ready to work other people to death but they look down their nose at labour!

(Pursuant to last year’s directive on the payrise of ministers, HUF 5 million per month is paid to two ministers without portfolio in the Orbán government: Andrea Bártfai-Mager who is in charge of national asset management and János Süli who is responsible for the enhancement of the Paks Power Plant – the editor’s note.)

This was one of the conclusions Péter Jakab drew from the Thursday session, the other being that Fidesz had reached such a level in regime consolidation where Fidesz MPs were irritated by the mere existence of the Parliament. “Their attitude is like this: even if they have to be here it’s like a Fidesz pub where they can talk with their Fidesz friends, be rowdy and do whatever they please. Where the house rules were written by their kingpin. That’s what the Parliament means to them,” he said.

“Surrounded by his henchmen, Hungary’s kingpin has just recently disgraced Hungarian people, stabbed them in the back and trampled on any written and unwritten rules by pushing the slavery act and the public administration court act through the House. On that day, Fidesz has shown its true colours; they have shown Fidesz’ real attitude to democracy. Anybody was allowed to vote on behalf of anyone else without their MP ID cards, without a pre-agreed agenda and a correctly presided meeting. There’s no way to deny, my fellow MPs, that the bills which were passed on that day by a two-thirds majority would never enter into force in a country with a rule of law. Not only because they were passed unlawfully but, first and foremost, because the Hungarian people don’t want these laws.”

Mr Jakab noted that the law was disapproved by 83% of Hungarian citizens, including two thirds of Fidesz voters. Today, these Hungarian labourers and students are stigmatized as Soros hirelings just because they don’t want to be slaves in their own homeland, he said.

“It might get to the point where all of you are Soros hirelings in this country; you just don’t know it yet! But don’t you worry, you’ll learn soon enough from the TV! Because that’s all the public media can do today: on an annual budget of HUF 90 billion, they lie about Hungarian people to other Hungarian people!” he went on.

According to Jobbik’s MP, the Hungarian public media has quite clearly sunken to a level where they don’t only lie about opposition politicians day and night but about Hungarian labourers and Hungarian students as well. So in a situation like this “it is not only an opportunity but a sworn duty for us, opposition MPs, to go into the headquarters of the public media and ask the news programming director: “Why are you lying?” And only a dictatorship will respond by setting armed guards on Members of Parliament. They deploy armed guards who seem to have more authority than the police in Hungary. Where are we, in Mexico!? What’s the next step: will they put us in prison just because we are opposition MPs?” he asked the apparently justified question.

Mr Jakab then went on like this:

“But I’ve got good news... which is bad for Fidesz. The people woke up. The people woke up on 12th December. Ever since then, they’ve been roaring into the Hungarian silence of many years that they’ve had enough. They roar that we’ve had enough. Because we have!”

The Jobbik MP then talked about his party, claiming that they had had enough of the past years and the past decades, too. “We don’t want neither the rubber bullets of 2006 nor the tear gas of 2018!” he said, adding that they refused to subscribe to a pro-big-business and anti-worker policy regardless if it was devised before or after 2010. Jobbik wants a Hungary where Hungarian people could make ends meet on their salaries; where quality labour earns quality wages, he asserted. In his view, the banner of the Wage Union has been carried by Jobbik alone so far, but they can no longer do it on their own.

“We can’t carry the banner on our own when a psycho is willing to sell out his own nation to the international big business and the Hungarian oligarchs for thirty pieces of silver. When such things happen, we need everybody, regardless of any ideology. Everybody!”

In his view, the trade unions should be more actively involved. Workers expect them not to sign up for an 8% raise without a word of complaint at a time when some government ministers’ salary is increased by 354 per cent. “We need trade unions that are willing to go all the way to the wall for the workers, or even beyond!” he said, adding that “yes, if need be, there should be a national strike action, if need be, let life come to a halt in Hungary so that we could get our lives back in our own country! What Hungarian workers want is not to die of labour but to live and make ends meet on their salaries. Instead of living somewhere in Europe as refugees from Orbán, they want to live as proud Hungarians in their own homeland. So my friends, for them and for all Hungarians, let’s sweep this regime away,” he concluded his speech.

Presiding Speaker Christian Democrat János Latorcai then flashed his sense of humour by making the ironic remark that he doubted any government official was going to respond to the speech.

B.M.

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