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PM called Hadházy a ’sneaking, lurking fox’

July 11th, 2023

A left-wing commentator returns the adjectives to the Prime Minister himself, while a cabinet minister repeats the accusation that Hadházy, MP is a ‘mendacious fox’.

PM Orbán paid a visit to Egypt in February this year. On his way back home, the airforce plane he uses for his official trips abroad dropped him in Italy, where he spent a few days on holiday with his wife. In March, independent MP Ákos Hadházy filed a complaint with the prosecutor’s office about the detour. The prosecutor rejected his claim but in June, was ordered by the court to investigate. Last Wednesday, Hadházy waylaid the Prime Minster in the Parliament building and asked him who had given the order for the Italy detour. The MP also recorded the encounter on his mobile phone. Mr Orbán retorted that he would not discuss anything with Mr Hadházy, whom he described as a ‘sneaking, lurking fox who never stops lying’.

In Népszava, Tamás Balassa condemns the Prime Minister for not finding a more elegant way of sidestepping the question, and turns the insult against him, accusing Mr Orbán of being a ‘sneaking fox’ himself who ‘cunningly’ rewrote the constitution, and brought formerly independent institutions under government control. He calls on representatives of various professions who have complained about government policies, such as teachers, doctors and firemen to protest, lest ‘the fox write an Aesop’s tale about himself’.

Mandiner reproduces a Facebook post by Cabinet Minister Balázs Orbán, the Political Director of the Prime Minister’s office who writes that he caught Mr Hadházy lying about a Libri bookstore wrapping Harry Potter books in sealed plastic. (The Libri shops are reported to have sealed books about gender minorities in plastic to prevent them from being thumbed through before being bought. The company was recently bought up by the government-funded MCC thinktank. See BudaPost, June 16.) It turns out, Mr Orbán writes, that those were just protective plastic covers which shops use to keep expensive foreign publications safe, not to prevent buyers from opening them. The lesson the Minister draws from the case is that ‘you shouldn’t even take seriously what Hadházy asks, let alone what he asserts’.

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