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I wonder how someone as ridiculous as this guy has stayed in politics for so long.

Well, by not being in the forefront for long :-) Seriously, his positions are not at all unusual for a Catholic conservative, but he proved totally inept at delivering the message in the same veiled way his comrades used to.

What are Fidesz chances of winning, by the way?

So far polls show a cliffhanger situation. Some polls show Fidesz just ahead, others MSzP just ahead, and the same is true on whether SzDSz will make it above 5% as a third party. Now, Hungary has a mixed election system (vote for both party lists and individual election districts), and because of Fidesz's popularity in the countryside, it is a safe bet that they would win some more seats than MSzP even if getting the same number of list votes. So Fidesz could win if say (a) it gets 45%, MSzP gets 43%, SzDSz gets 5.5%, or (b) Fidesz gets 43%, MSzP gets 45%, SzDSz gets 4.5%.

(I should note I don't really like the Socialists and the SzDSz as it is now either, but I feel ever stronger that at least Fidesz could be taught a lesson.)

Did you have anything like that?

Only in Stalinist times (1947-1956 in Hungary). The measure you describe was obviously meant to increase the population, and here in Stalinist times women had to bear a certain number of children. The Romanian dictator had a similar law (4 children!) much later.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Mar 23rd, 2006 at 07:21:09 PM EST
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