Deeply divided Europe

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Victor Orban at podium
Victor Orban at podium

By Michael Walsh

A professional politician is a professionally dishonest man. In order to get anywhere near high office he has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a street walker.”  ~ American Essayist and Educator H. L. Mencken.

No thanks to media we are very much in the dark as to what happens even in our own backyard. There is little awareness that Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban enjoys a popularity rating that far eludes his Western counterparts.

In Britain, Germany, France, and different EU states, the electorate elect the lesser of two evils. French President Emmanuelle Macron’s election was spun as a landslide. Yet, polls suggest that as few as one in five French electors support their head of state. This is not democracy.

In Sweden, 72.9 per cent of the electorate plan to vote for parties other than the ruling Social Democrats. In Norway 68 per cent intend to vote against the current Labour regime.

To avoid electoral defeat unpopular regimes form coalitions. Britain’s premier Theresa May was forced to form a coalition with 10 MPs of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). This is not democracy either.

Westerners believe their older electoral systems superior to former Soviet Bloc nations. Not true: Countries like Slovakia, Poland, and Czech Republic and in particular Hungary set an example in democracy that shames western governments.

Hungary’s Fidesz Party, headed by Victor Orban, enjoys a level of support far beyond the dreams of Chancellor Merkel, President Macron and UK premier Theresa May. Seven years since elected Fidesz is more popular than ever. The right-nationalist party polled in excess of 60 per cent of votes cast during recent elections.

Unlike their western peers Hungary’s parliamentarians can truthfully say they are elected because they are good at their job. Fidesz popularity has been achieved by doing something quite revolutionary to western ears. Their parliamentarians actually listen to their electorate, government policies reflect the wishes of Hungarians.

There are 25 per cent more Hungarians in work today than there were in 2010. The government recovered and revitalised industries, public utilities and natural resources that had been auctioned off to foreign interests by corrupt predecessors.

Hungarians fear their being dependent upon the whims of outside interests. Foreign influence has been eliminated in banking, media, and state and education sectors. Non-European immigrants are kept out whilst ethnic Hungarians are presented with an eye-watering choice of inducements to marry and raise large families.

Hungarian PM, Czech and Polish parliamentarians respond to EU threats and sanctions with the two-fingered salute. So they should; 98 per cent Hungarians reject Brussels impudent immigrant quotas.

Irony is that there is far greater division of wealth, happiness and democracy in the EU than there was when Europe was separated by anti-tank ditches, razor wire, watchtowers and border checkpoints. How long before Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia erect them again to keep the westerners out.

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