He just allowed Orbán to pay the market price after the elections.
It is difficult to follow exactly how much has been sent to loyalists in various forms during Orbán’s reign for a number of reasons:
Even if the governing party loses in 2022, their political appointees remain in positions. They are unremovable by a simple majority – and some are not even legally removable by a 100% vote by parliament.
A running list of the current state of the global alliance of aspiring dictators. Additions appreciated.
Political insubordinance has been unheard of before 2020, when Orbán’s system cracked.
Dumbed-down propaganda and identical front pages don’t generate readership and loyalism is not enough qualification for an executioner – industry experience is also needed.
Maybe it is time to consider the possibility that building a democracy does not begin at home, but in the hearts and minds of those who emigrated – and may one day return.
Orbán is resorting to something he had never done before.
Orbán’s spin doctor has only one trick: hatemongering. It might not be enough this time, especially if he creates so many enemies that we run out of bandwidth to hate all of them.
October 23, 2006 was a momentous day in Viktor Orbán’s life and political career – and he doesn’t let us forget it. For one thing he only talked about the 2006 riots and ignored the events of 1956 in his speech.