Budapest, December 12 (MTI) – The Socialist Party said those who re-elect Prime Minister Viktor Orban at Sunday’s Fidesz congress will be voting for “rotting schools and hospitals, subservitude to Russia, international isolation, theft, corruption and self-indulgent politics”.
Agnes Kunhalmi, the Socialist deputy chairwoman of parliament’s cultural committee told a press conference on Saturday that Orban’s double talk which leans towards xenophobia and racist comments is “awful enough”, but his actions are “even worse”. Thousands of public employees have been without pay, while the state is issuing short-term government securities, Kunhalmi said. In health-care patient waiting lists are growing longer than ever and nurses and doctors are leaving the country, she said.
She commented on the government’s recent erection of a statue in honour of Anna Kethly, a 20th century Social Democrat. “What is the credibility of this act if the same people are erecting Kethly’s statue who voted to reduce the mandatory schooling age?”, she asked, noting that Kethly spent her whole life fighting to help poor children to better education. “Has Orban the moral base to erect a statue to Kethly when he believes Hungarian women are not fit to take leading roles in politics?”, she added. She also noted that the same people erected the Kethly statue who are now supporting a statue for the Horthy-era politician Balint Homan, who critics say was an anti-Semite.