I don’t recognise Viktor Orbán as a ‘tyrant’

The western media’s portrait of the Hungarian leader as an enemy of democracy and an antisemite isn’t just puzzling, it’s disgusting

The possible closure of the Central European University in Budapest has unleashed waves of denunciations directed at the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, in western media. Orbán has been accused of leading an “assault on freedom” in the New York Times, while one Guardian writer has summoned up the spectre of Munich 1938.

Let’s go over a few facts many west of Vienna seem unable to understand. Hungary is a democracy. It has a wide range of political parties (a lot more than, say, the US, which is only one party away from being a one-party state). It has free and fair elections. It has a parliament that passes legislation. The quality of legislation can vary greatly, as in any democracy, but like most legal matters that is a matter of keen debate. If citizens are unhappy about the legislation, they hold demonstrations, as they have been doing.

Odd to see this in the Guardian.

  • LairdKintyre

    Victor Orban is one of the very few leaders left in Europe who the Defenders of Europe of Olde would be proud.

  • Brett_McS

    I’ve caught even solid conservative commentators assuming that Orban is some kind of fascist, because all the media says so. Believing the media is an old habit that dies hard. We must all guard against it!

  • marty

    So what they’re saying is that George Soros doesn’t have a monopoly on democracy? Inconcievable!

  • Alain

    Shutting down Soros’ university was an act in defence of freedom, not the opposite. It is outrageous that Soros and his organisations are allowed to act freely elsewhere where they attack democracy and every basic freedom along with the destruction of the country.

  • andycanuck

    Has anybody noticed an increase in the number of goatees lately? Because I’m seeing more good stuff in the Guardian than in the UK Telegraph and I have a feeling we might be slipping into another dimension to explain this.