National elections are coming up in early April, and the ruling coalition, led by the Fidesz party (Fidesz is an abbreviation for “Alliance of Young Democrats”), must have made a huge media buy. These posters are all over the city, and once you know that the people in the mug shots looking grim are the leaders of the opposing parties, you probably don’t need the interpretation.
“[They] don’t deserve any more chances!”
It will be interesting for us as somewhat detached observers to see how it all turns out. There are a large number of major public works projects going on right now that all have the same suspicious completion date of March 15, which happens to be (a) Hungarian National Day, and (b) three weeks prior to the elections. Would politicians use their power to direct high visibility projects to maximize their own prospects?
Ah, well. Barring a major catastrophe between now and April, the Fidesz team is going to make like Seattle in the Super Bowl, and we’ll have a shiny new Metro line that will cut our commute to the office by about 15 minutes, and a beautiful new park around Parliament about a mile from our flat.
But if enough of those contractors are clowns…