Twelve years ago, in 2002, a Fidesz politician (currently the Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament, László Kövér) held an election forum in some remote, small rural Hungarian town, two months before the election day. As he was speaking, he used a probably too colourful metaphor to express himself: “.. let’s accept for a moment that’s all we are capable of. That we have become an untalented people. Then all I can say, my ladies and gentlemen, it’s not worth living like this. If we do think this way then let’s go to the cellar, let’s find a nice strong manilla rope, a relatively strong timber and a nail and then let’s hang ourselves… However I do ask those who want to make you believe this [that is that you are useless] for years should set an example themselves first… and when they’d be done then we could reconsider if we could do better without them…” For example, here you can also listen to the speech (in Hungarian) So obviously this was meant to be a motivational speech and not as inciting hatred.
The so-called left-wing (MSZP-SZDSZ) created a strong hysteria campaign with the message: “Kövér wants to hang people!”. László Kovács, the president of MSZP in 2002 (later foreign minister) and his comrades demonstrated with ropes around their neck, their media juggernaut, intact at the time, was creating a huge whoop-de-doo about that Fidesz would want to hang the “progressive ones”. MSZP ran TV ads where a small, innocent girl read news about that Fidesz was planning to hang people and they punched the viewers in the face with “Don’t let it happen!”… In fact left wingers still make references to “Kövér’s rope”, using it as a well-established call, to imply how brutal, “un-European”, uncivil, barbarian, what-have-you the centre-of-right (Fidesz) really is… At the same time they call themselves “democratic” almost in each sentence they utter, they preach “tolerance” and “European values” around the clock. Being unable to say substantial things to people, their main political theme is mostly that they condemn “hate speech, intolerance, extremism, Fascist violence”, what have you…
MSZP held a party congress yesterday in the capital of Hungary, Budapest (with the participation of ex-Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány who later admitted it was his idea to distort Kövér’s words and to build a hysteria campaign on them). MSZP president Attila Mesterházy was attacking Fidesz and Prime Minister Orbán in a Fidel Castro-style one and a half hour speech. When he was saying “Orbán and his friends got so rich in three years, that’s a serious (economic) achievement. If we are naive and believe this then they should be given a university chair (“katedra”, that is a teaching position) on the University of Economics.”, someone from the audience cried out loudly: “Kötelet!” (A hanging rope instead!)
In the limelight, right on the tribune, Mesterházy reacted to the heckler this way: “I think there won’t be a “katedra” then, only that other thing someone has just shouted”
The spokeswoman of MSZP declined to comment on the matter today. Mesterházy himself has posted only this on his Facebook page so far: “it’s been a great party congress!”
The so-called Hungarian left-wing deserves this award very much indeed:
Update: MSZP has just issued a statement and they say the heckler shouted “börtönt!” in fact (“prison (sentence)!”). That’s very, very obviously a lie because the shouting is clear and the two words (“kötelet” and “börtönt”) don’t even sound similarly.
Update2 (Mon Jan 27 18:00) : So far the nobody from the so-called “democratic opposition” (that is those leftists/liberals who ruined Hungary between 2002 and 2010) has been willing to comment on the scandal. The leftliberal media stays low, too. There have been two notable exceptions: a certain Tímea Szabó (an ex-LMP MP who switched over to Bajnai’s party) swears she heard “börtönt!” and “the Fidesz media lies”. On the other hand the ex-spokesman of MSZP, Zsolt Török, who had to resign two months ago because of his role in a failed black-smearing campaign (involving a fake video they commissioned) accused Hír TV of faking the video…
It’s hilarious. 😀