Hungary Needs To Be Rebuilt
8 February 2010
In his traditional state of the nation speech Fidesz Chairman Viktor Orbán stressed the importance of national causes such as job creation, family values, a better healthcare system, improving public safety and a fight against extremist views - the policy of “common sense”.
“There is a deep-rooted and all-encompassing need for a change,” Orbán began his speech. He said Hungary is considered to be weak exclusively because of the weak government.
“Hungarians simply have become fed up with poor governance. The country needs a strong leadership that can solve our problems domestically and have our voice heard and respected abroad,” Orbán said. “It’s time for the weak to be replaced by the strong.” He said the notion that Hungary has a small and open economy is a “myth”. Half of the nations in the European Union are smaller than Hungary and yet “we are the only ones that complain about our small size. The key to survival is strength, intellect and diligence,” Orbán said. He emphasized that “Hungarian land, Hungarian products must be defended from foreign competition at least as much as France, Germany or the United States defend their own.”
“We have a staggeringly lot of tough challenges ahead. But now we have the strength to make a change”, he added.
Orbán also firmly rejected “every form of extremism”, naming the current cabinet as one of the extremists for “placing their private needs above the interests of the public”, and placing themselves above the law, while other extremists think that violence is acceptable to achieve their aims. “Nothing new will spawn from hatred…. there is no strength in extremism.”
While he said political “revenge” will not be on Fidesz’s agenda if it comes to power, he promised not to let the past governments’ mistakes be forgotten. “We need to correct the mistakes even if it wasn’t us who had made them… but this does not mean we will turn a blind eye. We will not let them forget and make us forget the past eight years,” Orbán pledged.
“We want a country where the law applies to everyone.” He added that “the next government must handle public finances with responsibility and its activities should not be associated with “crime and abuse of power”.
Politics can find a way back to the people if national causes are placed in the centre of the next government’s policy, he added. “Hungary needs to be rebuilt. The economy needs to be put back on its feet,” Orbán stressed.
“The central bank and the market authority will also have to be renewed, as these and the government are jointly responsible for ruining the country.”
He slammed the banks for using speculative means to make money instead of extending loans to businesses that go bust without capital.
“Hungary’s crisis management failed because it could not or possibly did not want to defend jobs,” Orbán added. "The only effective solution is to kick-start growth, almost at all costs,” he said, reiterating that Fidesz aims to create one million jobs in the next ten years.