Whilst the government has frenziedly wheeled the manure-caked wheelbarrow that this referendum is up and down the land, they appear to have forgotten to inform their minions of a few salient facts.
Whilst Deutsch Tamás is pouring billions of public funds into conjuring up a digital utopia, and Németh Szilárd – who (yay!) recently went off the radar for a few weeks (why is he back?why?) – announced that the government is to mount an all-out assault on civil societies. Technically, only those ever to have received support from George Soros count as such, but knowing the government’s underhand methods, we can be certain that they’ll do their utmost to eliminate everyone who stands in their way.
They’ll stop at nothing to carry out their plans: the government, local authorities, the servile media and anyone terrified of Orbán’s wrath will dedicate themselves to anything from general fearmongering to blackmail, from vandalising the opposition’s placards to telephone harassment, and more. Meanwhile, a few key happenings go by unnoticed.
Like the EU serving final notice on Hungary. Because they were under obligation to pass legislation on the proposed 30% cost reduction of high-speed internet access expansion in Hungary. However, this didn’t strike the country, or rather its government, as a priority. It would be illuminating to see why the self-same government that had successfully herded its sheeple into the pen of rezsicsökkentés (slashing of household bills) would seem so reluctant to take this new opportunity to do just that. Or is the idea of affordable internet access isn’t such a hit with them?
The second piece of news drowned in silence: the EU forbids the government to misappropriate funding earmarked for improving the energy efficiency of infrastructure used by the population. To steal this money from their own people. Because this is their goal. To take 90 billion forint’s worth of EU funding and funnel it into council property renovation projects.But they’re right to do so.
Have a think about it. If they give the money to the people (having followed standard tender protocols, etc.), it’s lost forever. However, if they entrust it to an individual with the initials M.L. (Mészáros Lőrinc, gasman by trade, billionaire by accident), who is an expert in both construction, renovation, and, erm, pig farming, and he gets to work on said council properties at ten times the price, all is hunky-dory. Especially if construction materials are sourced from the right place. The right mine, we mean. Or something like that.
So this was their master plan, while the people would have had the opportunity to take out renovation loans. I’ll say it slowly, so that even their supporters will get it: 90 billion forints – one million per family, if you reckon with 90 thousand families, or half a million, if you’d include 180 thousand – taken away, replaced by loans.
Grant: no need to repay, no interest.
Loan: repayable, with interest.
This is what they’re wrangling over, because the government want that money badly, while the EU insist is gets to the people. I reckon it’s high time for a békemenet (Fidesz supporters’ public procession), because that a**hole EU aims to meddle once again in sovereign Hungarian state’s sovereign government’s sovereign thieving. Hands off our government, hands off Orbán Viktor! We’ll never be a colony! No thieving allowed! Except for Fidesz!
I know that Fidesz supporters are already in the throes of preparing their Sunday best, so that they’ll scurry off to the polling booth, radiating love like the good Christians that they are for their fellow men, the thousand-year-old state, and the turulmadár (Hungary’s mascot, a giant mythological bird), but allow me to remark that whilst we’re caught up in the anti-migrant hysteria (costing us 15 billion forints to date), the government are running a residency bond racket for foreigners.
This they do in a way – we have already written about this, but it bears repeating – that the profits will vanish in the Rogán – Habony – offshore triangle. However, the bond’s value will have to be returned to the dear customer, with interest. This will be paid by – surprise! – the man on the street. Yup. So this is another thorn in the side of the EU.
Once we’re past this referendum, and each and every MP individually and collectively announces that now they see what THE PEOPLE want (even if the majority of them don’t give two hoots about the referendum, and don’t go), these issues will have to be revisited.
And sooner or later – likely sooner – everyone will have to give account of how they spent the past few years.
Translated by: Gábris Judit
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