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‘The Offer’

The biggest obstacle to the feasibility of LMP’s (Politics Can Be Different) proposal is the difference in the three Hungarian opposition parties’ (Hungarian Socialist Party – MSZP, LMP and the far-right, radical Jobbik) electoral bases: anti-fascists were supposed to ally themselves with those that were defaming former PM Ferenc Gyurcsány using offensive rhetoric such as ‘Commy’ while regularly highlighting his Jewish origin in a blatant and hectoring manner… Thus, it is obvious to everyone that an alliance involving these parties’ voters would be rather burdensome if not outright impossible.
Furthermore, the question that remains for the majority of Jobbik voters is not whether Viktor Orbán’s current (second) government crossed all barriers, but – quite to the contrary – whether it did enough to deconstruct the alleged conspiratorial “Rózsadomb Pact [literally: Hill of the Roses]” and the “New York–Tel Aviv axis” in Hungarian politics, so the problem for Jobbik voters is that Orbán’s government is not radical enough regarding its take on the post-Communist world order.
In contrast, the fight against anti-Semitism as well as every other form of discrimination is a crucially important element of the Socialist voters’ identity. And what about LMP? “Lehet Más a Politika” – Politics Can Be Different (LMP) is a liberal protest party that – with a little exaggeration – even derived its own name from the struggle that it sought to launch against the so-called “Gyurcsányism”; given that their primary intention was to communicate to voters that politics can really be different from what they were during the previous eight years of Socialist tenure.
It is unnecessary to mention here the overwrought opinionators who are present in all of the above-mentioned parties, the snappers and party politicians, and also the various publicists and “bloggers”. Or the way the media apparatus of Fidesz would confront the typical Jobbik voter with his or her own anti-Communism, the typical Socialist voter with his or her own anti-fascism and how it would ultimately place Fidesz into a position of “aurea mediocritas” as the desirable and rational middle between ‘the two extremes’…
It is beyond doubt that nowadays these differences cannot be managed, as the first reactions to the proposal have also demonstrated it. The identity and the core values professed by Jobbik and those of MSZP are so far from each other that not even a temporary co-operation is thinkable between these two parties. Both Attila Mesterházy and Ferenc Gyurcsány made it clear in short order that such a move was absolutely impossible.
It may well be that the alliance proposed by LMP is unfeasible in this form, but the idea of allying to remove the current regime seems to be a reasonable direction to take. Because today it really seems that Orbán’s government cannot be removed from power without some moderate right–wing allies. If oppositional politicians understand only this, then the offer made by LMP was not a completely futile attempt.

András Keszthelyi, Vasárnapi Hírek, June 17, 2011.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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