While prime minister, Ferenc Gyurcsány religiously kept up his blog. He wrote five times a week and had thousands of readers. Since his resignation he writes rarely. Perhaps once a week. However, the few newspapers on the left-liberal side usually publish the most important passages and then I visit the site to read the complete text. In today's blog Gyurcsány wrote about the Kubatov YouTube clips, which I summarized in my last two posts. Before I turn to Gyurcsány's text let me update my readers on some recent developments.
The socialist and MDF parties have already expressed their dismay at Fidesz's brazen election fraud because, let's face it, this is what we are talking about. Fidesz has for the most part been silent. This morning Viktor Orbán was the guest on Ma Reggel (This Morning) on MTV, the public television station, and the reporter didn't even ask him about Gábor Kubatov or the tapes. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the television station was told that Orbán would agree to the interview only if the reporter refrained from inquiring about this "little mishap." Or perhaps the warning might have been more dire than that. After all, today Viktor Orbán was already talking as if the elections, both rounds, were already over and he was prime minister of Hungary.
László Sólyom, who is very much hoping to continue as president in the new regime–his term expires sometime during the summer–obviously didn't want to step on Viktor Orbán's toes. When asked about his opinion he sent a message through his spokesman that he was waiting for the decision of the ombudsman in charge of privacy issues. Since then the ombudsman has stated that there was indeed a violation of individual privacy, but Sólyom is still silent.
Now comes Ferenc Gyurcsány who is certainly no friend of László Sólyom. Mind you, the feeling is mutual. Sólyom can't stand Gyurcsány and in fact he called for his resignation after the speech at Balatonőszöd became public and the mob attacked the television station. Sólyom pretty well told the Hungarian people that Gyurcsány is morally unfit to be the prime minister of the country. Those who are no fans of Sólyom, and there are many of them, reminded the president of the circumstances of his own election. In a nutshell here's how he became president. MSZP's candidate was Katalin Szili (yes, the same Katalin Szili who was the target of Fidesz dirty tricks in the Pécs mayoral election), whom the SZDSZ members of parliament didn't support. However, the socialists hoped that there would be a few people from MDF and Fidesz who would vote for her. After all, the vote is done by secret ballot. Surely, Fidesz politicians were also afraid of that possibility and therefore the members of the Fidesz caucus had to show their ballots to the leader of the delegation, János Áder, before they were officially tallied. In fact, he caught one who "because of his weak eyesight" voted for Szili. The delegate was sent back and had to change his vote. Sólyom, who is such a moral creature, was elected to his current post under these circumstances. I had to tell that story because otherwise Gyurcsány's blog will not make sense. Finally, here is a translation of Gyurcsány's post.
"This is not a Kubatov affair. This is a Fidesz affair at its best. This is not the private initiative of the party director, but here we are encountering electoral fraud with the knowledge and complicity of the presidium of the party.
"What did we learn yesterday? Among other things that Fidesz planted false evidence to bring charges against its opponent on the basis of which they could denounce her. What do we call this in Hungarian? Proceedings that lead to show trials. We have almost forgotten the word [koncepiós eljárás] because in the last fifty years it hasn't been used around here.
"The National Election Committee launched an official complaint. This is fitting and proper.
"But we must ask somebody else what he thinks of this whole business. László Sólyom, our president, the guardian of constitutionality and the morality of the nation and who in such cases usually voices his opinion, what does he think of all this? Does he think that it is appropriate to reach power through illegal means? Will Fidesz be morally legitimate after the elections? During the fall of 2006 the president felt compelled to deliver a dramatic monologue to the nation. Although he remained quiet when he himself was elected under suspicion of illegality or when the Hungarian Guard initiated new members who marched in front of his windows.
"Or perhaps the president chose silence in the hope that he could remain in office for another term living on the alms of Fidesz?
"In the next few days it will become clear how much these oft-repeated moral principles are worth to the president when they should be applied in the interest of the country against the interests of the political right and against his own interests.
"This whole affair from here on is about Fidesz and also about the president."