Scandal, this time in the Hungarian parliament

Well, two weeks ago it was János Zuschlag and last week (I know I’m a little late covering this) it was Ferenc Kispál. While Zuschlag was no longer a member of parliament though still an MSZP politician on the local level, Kispál at the time of the "crime" was still a member of parliament. And he didn’t belong to the MSZP whose members are born criminals (see some ridiculous statements to that effect by members of the opposition) but a bona fide member of the Fidesz caucus. How embarrassing.

Last Friday Népszabadság received a short video taken on a cell phone by another member of parliament. On the video it can clearly be seen that Kispál, while covering his left hand with a piece of paper, surreptitiously pushes the button of the voting machine of his absent fellow Fidesz colleague, Sándor Nagy. The short video can be seen here: http://www.hirszerzo.hu/cikk.lemondott_a_csalason_kapott_fideszes_-_videoval.46911.html. Both men are new in the parliament but while Nagy has a more substantial Fidesz past, Kispál became member of the Fidesz caucus as a result of a deal between the Fidesz and a so-called independent farmers’ organization. There are several such organizations but this one (called MAGOSZ) is the one that likes to come up to Budapest with hundreds of tractors to blockade one side of the road in order to demonstrate against the government. Interestingly, just the socialist-liberal government.

Anyway, Kispál’s career in parliament was short because as soon as the big wigs in the Fidesz saw the video they decided that Kispál must go. According to the informant this was not the only time that Kispál did a favor for Nagy and/or, most likely, for the Fidesz when he voted for his absent colleague. The Fidesz had to act because István Nyakó, spokesman for the MSZP, announced that if Kispál’s party doesn’t get rid of him, the Fidesz is implicitly admitting that the phony voting occurred with the knowledge of Tibor Navracsics, leader of the caucus.

What intrigues me is who took the video. It is clear that the person was very close to Kispál, slightly to his left. Checking the Hungarian parliament’s homepage one can see that Kispál had a rather modest seat: sector five, row seven, seat number eight. That is the last row in this particular section. Therefore, the informant had to be either a visitor, a reporter, or someone who was present but not a member of parliament. Someone whose seat is in the last row ought to be more careful.