Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Hungary's elections: Don't be fooled by the labels
My new piece for RT.com OpEdge.
On the one side we have a government that has carried out renationalization, which has confronted the greedy foreign-owned energy companies, and presided over a rise in real wages and a fall in unemployment.
Also, this government imposed a bank tax and implemented other measures to help ordinary people – including a government-decreed cut in energy bills.
On the other side, there is an opposition alliance that supports further privatization, wants more policies to benefit global "investors," which is unashamedly pro-banker and pro-globalist and whose main alliance partner when last in government imposed swingeing cuts in public spending, destroyed state-owned companies including national airline Malev, and left millions of ordinary people worse off.
Now, you'd probably think that the government is question was "socialist’ or "leftist" and the opposition "conservative." But in fact, it is the other way round.
You can read the whole of the piece here.