“So long as there is corruption, it is not possible to start building the country,” Gábor Vona told a crowd of Jobbik supporters in Dunaújváros Saturday night. The chairman of the far-right opposition party encouraged everyone to vote because the Hungarian people “were deciding the fate of their country” in Sunday’s general election. He warned that “those are also voting who stay at home by drawing a fat ‘X’ next to Viktor Orbán’s name.”
Vona said that once in government Jobbik would do everything in its power to end corruption and recover stolen assets, stating: “This country’s money belongs to Hungary and the Hungarian people, not Viktor Orbán’s family and their narrow circle of friends.”
He said it was a problem that Hungarians had grown accustomed to politicians stealing. “Today they stole 5 billion, yesterday they stole 10 billion, so we say that today was a better day,” quipped the Jobbik chairman.
Vona singled out Fidesz deputy chairman Lájos Kósa for special criticism for arranging for his mother to be paid a HUF 800 million “success fee” as well as to acquire a pig farm very inexpensively under strange circumstances.
“What kind of morality is it when somebody involves their own mothers in such affairs?” he asked.
Vona then outlined plans to combat corruption, including ending the immunity from prosecution of members of parliament and the statue of limitations in cases involving corruption, the obligatory examination of MPs’ asset declarations, the setting up of an anti-corruption office, and arranging for Hungary to fall within the jurisdiction of the European prosecutorial services.
He said a Jobbik government would spend significantly more on health-care and restore the Ministry of Education eliminated in 2010 as part of a government reorganization foisted on the country by the Fidesz-KDNP-dominated parliament.
Urging modernization in the field of education, the Jobbik leader quipped that we are living in an age when perhaps informatics teachers can learn from children.
On the subject of pensions, Vona said that today there are 2.2 million pensioners in Hungary receiving an average monthly pension of between HUF 110,000 and 120,000. A Jobbik government would differentially raise pensions, with those now receiving the least getting the biggest increases.
On migration, Vona reiterated his party’s position that the border fence erected along Hungary’s southern border during the third Orbán government would remain.
He accused Fidesz chairman Orbán of duplicity by spending HUF 22 billion (USD 88 million) on an anti-immigration campaign even as he “secretly” allowed 2,300 asylum-seekers to settle in Hungary. He also condemned Fidesz for allowing 20,000 foreigners, including criminals, to permanently settle in the Schengen region through the purchase of settlement bonds.
Vona said the migration problem is real but the government has merely been using it to keep the Hungarian people in a state of continual fear.