I thought I would post a few interesting statements by Hungarian political leaders I came across this week, along with a brief personal reflection.
“We do not have a serious national industry so in order to reanimate the national industry we need to take such tough steps as for example reclaiming MOL,” Peter Szijjarto told private broadcaster HirTV in an interview.
“In order to make Hungary strong again, we need to eliminate energy dependence, and we need to restore the national character of our strategic companies in parallel with their international operation,” Szijjarto said.
He did not elaborate on the possible further steps or the areas of industry involved.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban told a conference assessing the first year of the centre-right government on Tuesday.
“While we have put an end to the basic principles of a neoliberal era, we have yet to build up the non-liberal economic policy of the 21st century, in terms of planning, coordination and practices,” he said, adding that because there had been no planning in the real economy, financial planning was askew.
Orban went on to reject the idea that Hungary should listen to foreign criticism.
“It is worth listening to ourselves and we should not wait for either approval or the contrary,” Orban said.
“In the past we have often abandoned important plans just because someone in America, Paris, Berlin, Brussels or London didn’t like it and let ourselves be discouraged, only to give up on the whole thing in the end,” he said.
“The old world order is on the verge of collapsing; we have no reason to wait for the advice and opinions of opinion-shapers stuck under the rubble,” Orban said.
He said Hungary was still likely to come under attack for various reasons, including the new constitution and economic policy.
“We say, however, calmly, politely and unflinchingly: this is none of your business; this is the business of Hungarians,” the prime minister said.
Towards the end of the Second World War, Hungary is occupied by the Soviet army and all streets, squares, institutions are renamed. People who continue to use the old names are arrested and beaten up by the communists.
Immediately after the occupation, an old man from a village, visit’s the country’s capital, Budapest.
He gets lost. Not knowing that the streets have been renamed, he ask people for various place names.
Old man: “Excuse me, sir, where is the “Heroes’ square”?
Pedestrian # 1: “No, old man, don’t use that name! It’s “Stalin Square” now!”
Old man: “Excuse me, sir, where is the “Chain Bridge”?
Pedestrian # 2: “Oh my God! Don’t use the old name of the bridge! It’s “Red Army Bridge” now! If you say that once more, you could get into jail, be careful!”
The old man gets terrified and takes a walk on the bank of river Danube.
He’s spotted by a soviet officer who shouts at him with anger.
Soviet officer: “‘Ay, old komrade! What ‘r’ ya lookin’ at?”
Old man: “Nothing! I’m just admiring the Volga!”