Alexandra Béni | Jan 17, 2019 | 1
Vona calls on Jobbik faithful to raise flag of freedom
Jobbik’s leader Gábor Vona, addressing his party’s commemoration of the March 15 national holiday, said he strove to deal with real problems facing Hungary such as security and democracy, a functioning health and social system, a modern education system, a just retirement system, the abolition of migration and fair wages.
Speaking ahead of the April 8 general election, Vona said he invited all well-intentioned, honest Hungarians “to raise a flag of freedom not a banner of fear and oppression”.
Referring to the government’s anti-migrant campaign, Vona said real security was not provided by billboards but by a dedicated border guard. Jobbik, he added, would not accept European Union migrant quotas.
He argued for a strong and just Europe, and “a real democracy with independent institutions and unsparing accountability”.
Vona also said Jobbik wanted a functioning health-care sytstem and social welfare with an autonomous health ministry and a separate education ministry fit for the 21st century. He also pledged a fair and flexible pension system in which both men and women can retire after 40 years of work. Further, he promised to tailor benefits to people’s need.
He promised an administration which respected public-sector workers and people in uniforms, and he vowed to save local councils. He also demanded justice for people holding foreign currency loans.
Vona pledged to stop emigration by offering policies tailored for young people and families focused on home-building and rental support.
Instead of handing out tax incentives to multinational companies, a Jobbik government would support increasing the productivity of domestic micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, he said.
The radical nationalist leader insisted that fear, bitterness, anger, and pain now dominated public life in Hungary. Rather than an external threat, Hungary was endangered by a “growing internal repression and madness”. Whereas in the past he felt the country had fallen back into the clasp of communism, today it is redolent of medieval feudalism, Vona said.
“The current lordships live in hunting lodges … though now they travel in helicopters and yachts,” he said.
Vona said he did not look at what separates but what connects. He declared that he would never fight Hungarians again, adding that “Ferenc Gyurcsány and Viktor Orbán created this kind of policy”.
At the event commemorating the 170th anniversary of Hungary’s anti-Habsburg revolution, the radical nationalist party’s 106 individual constituency candidates swore an oath of allegiance before a reproduction of the Holy Crown.