BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - SEPTEMBER 08:  Migrants are held back by Hungarian police while attempting to board a train bound for Vienna, Austria at the Keleti railway station on September 8, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. Migrants in Budapest are concerned that governments will soon close or severely limit continued travel access to Austria and Germany. Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called 'Balkans route' has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then travelling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary. The number of people leaving their homes in war torn countries such as Syria, marks the largest migration of people since World War II.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The condemnation of a national leader for being in touch with his people suggests the EU is back in the business of oligarchy

In the midst of the general vilification of Viktor Orban, the Hungarian leader who has inspired moral outrage for his hard-line stand on the migrant crisis, you might have missed the vaguely sardonic mention in the news coverage of the leap in his popularity at home.

The voters who put him in office, it seems, hugely approve of the Orban policy. Imagine that: a European leader who actually chooses to represent the views of his own electorate rather than please the unelected commissioners of the EU. The obvious implication on the broadcast news was that this rise in approval within his own country was somehow indecent: a crass populist stance targeted deliberately at a benighted population. Either Mr Orban was a nasty piece of work who was opportunistically appealing to his countrymen’s worst instincts, or the desires of the Hungarian people were beneath consideration – or both.

  • simus1

    UKIP should waste little time in following Viktor’s path.
    Hungarians never tend to leave anyone in much doubt when it comes to expressing themselves and letting the chips fall where they may.

    • Icebow

      Jobbik are in power. UKIP have one seat in Parliament. The next general election is in 2020.

      • simus1

        To quote Mark Steyn (more or less),
        “Successful politics is not a strategy of working to exhaustion election after election until you finally succeed in putting the right people in power who will then supposedly do the right thing.
        Successful politics is a strategy of (mass organizing and) confrontation of the wrong people in power with such pressure that their only option is to do the right thing.”
        “First you win the argument, then you win the election” – Thatcher.

  • The E.U., from its inception, was supposed to be purely an economic union, something to give a bit of competitive edge when dealing with NAFTA and other such regional trading blocs.

    It was never supposed to interfere in a Nation’s sovereignty (which was, by the way, also a core principle of the U.N.). But like every good idea, it has been hijacked by the Marxist Left. Best thing that can happen to the E.U. (and the U.N.) is complete collapse. Our Western freedoms depend on it.

    • David

      Lets hope its not too late.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I’m sure that many Europeans agree with Orban. Ordinary people tend to think further ahead of the curve than most politicians and their media toadies believe, which is why the opinion polls always get it wrong as election day approaches.

    • lolwut?

      This is gone well beyond winning elections.
      Removing the people who are allowing this invasion to happen would help
      but at the end of the day, you’ve got 50+ million Muslims in Europe
      and tens of thousands more military age Muslims with battlefield experience
      streaming in every single day.

      Then of course the Africans streaming in through areas like Calais
      the media of course no longer shows them hoping people will just forget
      about them and they can storm Europe with no cameras on them.

  • Millie_Woods

    Greece and Tsipras were forced to eat Merkel’s austerity plan and Hungary will be forced to take it’s share of migrants. There might be a little face-saving side agreement but the bottom line is Hungary signed an agreement when it joined the EU and the EU can’t afford to lose face in any confrontation with a minor member state. The other alternative is for Hungary to leave the EU and incur the wrath of the empire. Interesting times ahead.

    • Censored_EG

      Then Hungary should immediately leave the EU!

      btw, I’m so happy I visited Europe four times (extended trips, shortest one five weeks) when it was European in the 1980s and early 1990s (more or less changing in spots, yet still subtle)… What North American would want to visit Eurabia? Just sayin’.

      • Millie_Woods

        I tell everyone I know that’s going to Europe ‘enjoy it while you still can’.

        • lolwut?

          Better yet, when the war starts, go lend a hand.
          We’ve beat back Islam before, we can do again.

          I’d rather die trying then to sit back and watch everything
          be destroyed and all the millions of lives given building and defending it wasted.

          Remember, as you get older, you’re biggest regrets
          won’t be what you did do, but what you didn’t do.

          • Millie_Woods

            I am totally opposed to shedding Canadian blood in defense of European socialism. Arm them and let them fight for their own freedom. If they win they’ll appreciate it more. And if they lose, well that’s what they voted for.

          • H

            And what about fighting for Canadian socialism? The socialist bureaucrats continue to drown our country in muslims, and will do so regardless of which party (of the current group) holds power. This islamic invasion of Canada must be stopped at some point, in whatever manner is necessary.

          • Millie_Woods

            Agree 100% that recent immigration policy and socialism in general are serious threats to Canada. That’s the only war I’m interested in, the one to save our country from the destructive forces of uber socialism. The rest of the world can GFIS.

          • lolwut?

            Then you don’t understand the nature of the enemy which is Islam.

            It is a death cult hell bent on WORLD domination by any means necessary…… and yes, that includes flooding a country with babies.

            It will not stop at Europe.
            The ONLY reason they are not flooding over our borders is because
            we are protected by geography, the Atlantic and Pacific.

        • Censored_EG

          It is already a patchwork of good and bad, i.e. the latter with too many Muslims. London and Paris might be okay in the iconic tourist locations, but are definitely Eurabian. The demographic future indeed looks bleak.

          • Millie_Woods

            I haven’t been in London in over 35 years. It was noticeable back then, I can only imagine what it’s like now. No intention of going back ever. Under any circumstances. And I’ll fight tooth and nail to make sure Canada doesn’t get involved in European problems ever again.

  • lolwut?

    “I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.”

    ―Thomas Paine