Monday, 7 April 2014


Final results at weekend

All over (bar the shouting)

The following is now certain (I think):
  • Fidesz ('centre right') attracted 44% voters, which gained it 67% of Parliamentary seats and give it a resounding Parliamentary majority and access to the magic two-thirds majority, enabling it not just to dominate Parliament but also to change the constitution if and when it wants to
  • Jobbik (far right) has won 10% of Parliamentary seats, representing twenty percent of voters
  • a loose opposition coalition (small left-liberal parties) attracted gained 26% of seats, giving it 19% of the seats, but is scheduled to dissolve into its constituent parts anyway now that the Election is done.
Am I sure of any of this? Final results are due this weekend, by which time a clear tabulation will surely have emerged.

Like it or not

The Hungarian people have made their choice, according to their laws. Writing on Facebook yesterday, conductor Minika Ildiko Pataki sensed that I am no fan of Fisesz, and less so of Jobbik –
Mr Sutton! Please respect the vote of more than 2 million Hungarians! It was a free election and this is the result... you like it or not...

Monika is quite right to caution thus. I replied –
The voice of the people is the voice of God (8th century, maybe even Classical). Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time (W. Churchill).
As for yesterday's outcome, the dilemma facing Hungarian voters was not an uncommon one.

I stand behind the principle of choice, in politics as in parental choice of schooling, and children's voice. That does not mean that I have to approve and go along with of how they choose... I am not, however, sure that I would altogether go with this democratic ideal 
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it

(often misattributed to Voltaire himself) as an illustration of Voltaire's beliefs.

(The matter of young people's choice may amount as a contentious issue in the forthcoming reform of 'special educational needs' in England.)

And Conductive Education?

Like it or not, Hungarian national politics and the Hungarian people's choice might come to affect many of those involved in Conductive Education both inside and outside Hungary. 


Gati, C. (2014) What Viktor Orbán’s victory means for Hungary and the West, Washington Post, 7 April

Tirraoro, T (2014) My son must make his own SEN decisions? Are you kidding? Special Needs Jungle, 7 April

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