One of the lord mayor candidates in Budapest, backed by the biggest opposition party Jobbik and the green party LMP, Róbert Puzsér, said that he would vote on their EP list. Based on their results in the 2018 parliamentary elections, they even get state support. Everything you should know about the Hungarian two-tailed dogs in this article.
Like in Denmark
Let’s displace the opposition and change the regime –
Zsolt Victora, the vice-chairman of the Hungarian joke party, said that, at first, they did not believe that Puzsér himself signed their recommendation sheet. He added that they were happy because the more signatures they get, the higher chance they have of winning the election and
sending 21 MEPs to the EP
which is the aggregate number of the Hungarian MEPs. However, in return, they cannot support Puzsér in Budapest since his program does not contain the “Bela IV energy consumer” which the party plans to locate on Gellért Hill and which would supply Budapest with electricity.
Funny actions and growing popularity
The Hungarian Two-tailed Dog Party was founded in Szeged in 2006 but registered as an official political party only in 2014. They carried out several awareness-generating actions in the last few years. For example, in response to the government’s anti-immigration campaign, they launched an anti-anti-immigration campaign together with Vastagbőr (“Thick Skin”). For this, they collected more than 33 million HUF (tenfold of the expected amount) from supporters and set up around 800 billboards with ironic and funny slogans in Hungarian and English as caricatures of the government’s messages, such as “Sorry about our Prime Minister” and
“Feel free to come to Hungary, we already work in England!“.
In 2016, in response to the quota referendum, they collected voluntary donations again worth 100,000 EUR from 4,000 people and launched a billboard campaign with posters reading “Did you know there’s a war in Syria?”, “Did you know one million Hungarians want to emigrate to Europe?“,”Did you know? During the Olympics, the biggest danger to Hungarian participants came from foreign competitors“. Furthermore, they encouraged people to vote invalidly because the question was stupid, and eventually, 6 pc of the voters cast a spoiled ballot.
In 2018, before the elections, the satirical party held an alternative Peace March in Budapest, aping the official pro-government event. Marching from Oktogon in downtown Budapest, the party’s leader, Gergely Kovács, called for “the abolition of space relations” and “the censorship of freedom and the abolition of the press”.
However, probably their most memorable move was to send their chicken candidate from Sopron to the Hungarian state television where he clucked the party’s program for the parliamentary elections. Here, you can watch the video:
In fact, the two-tailed dogs would not be the first joke party in the European Parliament. In 2014, the German Die Partei could send an MEP to Brussels/Strassburg with almost 200,000 votes. Though party leader Martin Sonneborn said then that all candidates from their list would take the seat for one month, then retire, and thus get the most money out of the European Union, he has been an MEP for almost 5 years. Interestingly, his accredited assistants are Dustin Hoffmann and Simen Manu H VANHEESWYCK.
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