February 23rd, 2017

Reuters: After surprise victory over Olympic bid, young Hungarian group aims for parliament

Organizing their campaign from a decrepit basement, a group of young professionals and students collected a quarter of a million signatures in a month to successfully force Budapest to abandon its bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

And that could be just the start for a youth-oriented political movement that could be a new threat to right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s dominance of Hungary.

Source: After surprise victory over Olympic bid, young Hungarian group aims for parliament

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  • CG Walkman

    Well done, young ones. If you’re going to launch your initial platform into politics by improving healthcare in Hungary, begin by looking at a few successful models, and identify which elements can be easily adopted.

    • pantanifan

      Not everyone is such a big fan, one (independent?) young woman doesn’t think much of Momentum:

      https://444.hu/2017/02/23/orban-rahel-ertekelte-a-momentum-mozgalmat

      More seriously, I think I’ll wait and see how Momentum plans to take its message to the countryside before assessing their political prospects…

      • CG Walkman

        As an “oldie” I think the future of any country is in the quality of its young people, and the direction they want to go. Fighting corruption is an ideal usually shared by many young people who see the unfairness to all. That might not be an ideal shared by that particular (independent?) young woman.
        Agree that launching a party nationwide (even on limited scale) may be a huge task, and to any “normal” country, corruption and healthcare are much easier platforms to resonate among the people, especially when you consider that Hungary’s healthcare is probably on par with what I saw in my 3rd world country in the late late 70s.

        • pantanifan

          “As an “oldie” I think the future of any country is in the quality of its young people, and the direction they want to go. Fighting corruption is an ideal usually shared by many young people who see the unfairness to all.”

          Totally agree – a similar role was played by some “young democrats” in 1989/90 🙂

          • CG Walkman

            Maybe you’re right, but from what I’ve heard about their leader, I tend to think their manifesto was political (ie getting rid of russians and people in power) rather than coming up with actual policies.

          • Pali

            Yes, I too am in agreance with what you say about the momentum group looking at ridding the country of power, and not trying to improve peoples lives. They make no mention of the degradation Hungary has gone through over the past century and more, with the Hasburgs, the Communists, and the Socialist making a come back to fame. Perhaps their history is a little clouded, and they are not interested, or their idea is to completely to disorientate the people and the poilitical system. They really don’t seem real to me. I disagree with your say on the Hungarian wealthfare, because the wealthfare in Hungary was ruined by the Socialist government, by letting the hospitals go to ruin, cutting wages, and allowing the start of medical staff migration. Since 2010, the wealthfare system has increased and increased, hospitals all over the country have been built, refurbished, and wages have increased by a lot. Besides, I doubt a group of college students calling themselves “momentum,” could improve the wealthfare or the running of the country as well as the present government has done over the past six years. I too am aged, 73, and I’ve seen things change over the years, and I strongly believe the improvements to Hungary have already begun with Orbán Viktor and his very professional government. There is no room for new political parties like “momentum.” The opposition parties are doing a bad job trying to destroy the country already.

          • CG Walkman

            I was referring to Fidesz in my last post, not Momentum.

            I don’t see any professionalism in the Hungarian govt’s approach, and I have worked with 4 governments before. In Hungary, you get many appointed cronies who cannot measure up against their local professional peers or even those from 3rd world countries.

            Sorry, but I don’t believe you’ve seen or understood much in your 73 years. Hungary has fallen on every country bench-marking in the past 6 years be it education standards, healthcare, corruption etc.

            A previous comment of yours “As a student for years in Anatomy and Physiology and the Genetic make up of the human race” tells me you’re full of BS). I feel that you’re in no position to assess college students. I’d even bet $100 that you cannot even do my niece’s 5th grade homework, or even answer a simple high school biology question on genetics (relating to that post of yours). Next time you’re in Budapest, let me know, and I’ll give you a chance to prove me wrong.

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