pronounced Yobbik with English phonetics, the Hungarian word for
„Better” is the popular name for the „Movement for a Better
Hungary”, which formed a political party under the leadership of
Vona Gabor, to contest the electoral process and enter parliament.
Mathaba News Network
has regularly published current news about Hungary’s radical
political party, Jobbik, following the rapid growth of the political
movements the speed of its ascent toward power taking Europe by
surprise. In the past, we observed the young movement transforming
itself into a parliamentary force to be reckoned with and even having
a number of representatives elected into the European Parliament.
Mathaba Editor was occasionally criticised for this but we always
kept to our fundamental aim by providing much needed objective
publicity to a movement that was greatly supported by the people in
theat Central European country. Had resources permitted, we should
have covered it more.
movement into parliamentary power
The toddler steps of
the movement were indeed child-like: inexperienced politicians,
almost zero media attention being boycotted by European Establishment
and Zionist media and an erroneous partnership for the 2006 election
with the MIEP party leader Istvan Csurka. Erroneous in the strategic
sense at least, as it was argumentative and cost many votes. After
the 2006 riots in Hungary, that was sparked by Socialist PM
Gyurcsany’s infamous speech in which he was recorded admitting to
his cabinet about lying to the Hungarian people, Jobbik quickly find
its way into the radical scene. People demanding change on the
Hungarian political scene and in the system laid their eyes on the
party and cast their votes for the Jobbik movement. The party’s
supporters quite literally multiplied in numbers every month as the
party led a meteoric rise to power. A truly grassroot movement back
then, Jobbik had enourmous support from the poverty- and
crime-stricken countryside of Hungary, especially the North-East of
its roots: the picture of a truly western, „democratic” party
The great appeal of
the movement was its unique approach to the system, a radical change
from decades of corruption, „Socialist” and euro-atlantic mayhem:
openly questioning important but untouchable issues such as crime,
the Hungarian state’s debts, including the re-negotiating of these
debts and so on. Jobbik achieved a great election result in the 2009
European and in the 2010 Hungarian elections. In one part of
North-East Hungary, Jobbik election results reached over 35% of the
2 years on after the
elections, worrying signs have started emerging from Jobbik,
resulting in many of the founding and hard-working members leaving
the movement in disappointment. Even on Jobbik’s English-language
site, jobbik.com, information about the expelsion of party members,
including an MP, and organisational problems, have been acknowledged:
replaced Csanad Szegedi, which is the only change in the party's
This comes after
allegations in the press that Szegedi would aim to take on the
presidency of Jobbik. The allegations were categorically denied by
Szegedi and Jobbik president Gabor Vona. The voters' trust in Szegedi
may also have been shaken by the events in Borsod county, where a
number of Jobbik organisations were dismissed due to "problems"
with the MEP. The events then also saw a Jobbik MP, Zsolt Endresik
expelled from the party. “
However, a search of the Hungarian language site at Jobbik.hu appears to indicate that this internal criticism is not being awarded the Hungarian voters, and is perhaps only for international consumption?
Network's own sources in Hungary confirmed the problems that could
bring a very sad turn in Jobbik’s thus far spectacular rise to
Mathaba has in the past asked Gabor Vona for an interview, however, no replies were received. Mathaba now asks Hungarian MP Zsolt Endresik: who was expelled
from Jobbik. Is Jobbik going in the right direction?
Q: Borsod county
was considered to be the stronghold of Jobbik in the major elections
held in recent years. Many of Jobbik’s regional organisation were
dismissed by the party leadership, or dismissed themselves to protest
against your removal from the party. What happened, why were you
expelled from Jobbik?
|"Expelled from the party – by text message"|
A: On the 25th
April, „judgment day” came. I woke up to see countless messages
and calls on my mobile phone. I knew something really bad had
happened. During the night, someone hacked my private email account
and sent dozens of emails out in my name. Some of them were private
and real emails forwarded, some of them were fake, manipulative
emails the hackers created. The emails were exclusively sent to
Jobbik’s own email accounts and to the ones in the database of the
party. Very conveniently.
Gabor Vona, Jobbik
president called me, asking me to appear at the party leadership’s
meeting. I had waited for Vona’s phone call for a long time, but
certainly on another subject, in other circumstances. I had expected
the leadership to enquire about the organisational concerns in the
county (Borsod, North-East). They never contacted me about it, I
guess they never cared about the stronghold of the party.
I promised Jobbik
president Vona to call in his office after reporting the hacking of
my email account to the police and to the Constitutional Office as an
email account of a member of the parliament had been hacked. After
finishing the procedure of reporting in the afternoon, I learnt that
in my absence I had been expelled from the parliamentary Jobbik-group
and all of my titles had been withdrawn in the party. It was sent as
a text message by Gabor Vona. I couldn’t believe it!
The reason for
busting me out of the party? Appearently, talking to the press and
communicating with members already expelled from the party.
The real reason?
Myself and a number of other Jobbik members became victims of power
struggle and intrigue within the party. MEP Csanad Szegedi wants to
gain a firm hold over the county, nominating himself as president of
Borsod county’s Jobbik organisation. He achieved now to have no
competition or resistance to his ambitions.
The leadership made
the decision, last weeks party congress, for example, was originally
scheduled for the autumn. They rescheduled it before the bigger
scandals to protect their positions for the next two years, until
after the new elections.
In May I was finally
expelled from the Jobbik party as well.
Was the party
leadership aware of the degrading morale and worsening situation in
the county? Did they investigate?
The leadership was
well aware of the problems, we had warned them 18 months ago that
there was going to be a big problem in the county. Gabor Vona never
enquired about the nature or the background of these problems. I
never had a chance to speak to Vona about the situation, contrary to
MEP Szegedi, whose words were taken as solid proof against us. At the
last Jobbik National Electorate meeting I put forward the county’s
problems to talk about but it was turned down by party director Gabor
Szabo. So, we tried everything to bring attention to the situation,
but they never listened.
What is MEP
Szegedi doing in Borsod county? Is he not a member of the European
Parliament, supposedly working in Brussels?
In the early years,
Szegedi was the county’s main organiser and started Jobbik in
Borsod. After the European elections in 2009, he disappeared to
Brussels, leaving the county to the local patriots like myself. At
the end of 2010, suddenly Szegedi turned up again and tried to
re-take control over the county. He is hardly in Brusselss any more,
I wonder if he’s missed there at all? I have a feeling that he
realised that he was somehow excluded from the party leadership,
being in Brussels, therefore needed to strenghten his position at
home. If he has Borsod, the strongest county in Hungary, he has the
greatest influence on party politics, positions for the next
elections, including deciding on the list for parliamentary
What is the
situation now in Borsod? How did the members take the news?
We have to evaluate
the impact nationally, not only in the county. Recent mid-term
elections brought catastrophic results to Jobbik: 10% in Budapest II.
District, fourth place amongst the parties. 15% only in Miskolc,
capital of Borsod county. 7% in Dunajuvaros, even the liberals (LMP)
ahead of Jobbik. A pathetic 6% in Gyomaendrod, where the communist
party’s candidate achieved a better result than Jobbik.
continously eroding, the majority of the people disappointed and
losing hope. The movement was different at the beginning. In Borsod
county, more than 20 regional Jobbik organisations ceased to exist.
Apart from a few towns, Jobbik ceased to work there as a party.
In reflection on
what you said, it seems that the leadership of Jobbik made a mistake.
Do you see a chance to clear the situation?
When the conflict
started with MEP Szegedi 18 months ago, Gabor Vona hesitated: „which
hand of mine should I cut off?” Then he made the decision in April:
sacrifice a few hundred party members and supporters for only one
person, Csanad Szegedi.
It is impossible to
clear the situation now but we may realise where people in the party
are coming from. Clearing is relative: Jobbik is being cleared of
true, honest patriots, only the corrupt, dubious to stay. Jobbik
became one of the system’s political parties, just like the rest.
Thus ended the
interview. In an upcoming article, Mathaba intends to take a look at
the allegations of „anti-semitism” against Jobbik, surely a hard
claim to make, given that Csanad Szegedi is Jewish, Krisztina Morvai
is or was married to a Jew, and Gyongyosi with his years in the
middle-east then working for Ernst and Young.