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WAWIBF... Ferenc Gyurcsany

24 September 2006

Despite being one of the richest men in former-communist Eastern Europe, and worth 68 points on a Scrabble board, Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany still has an awful lot to learn about political spin.

If, like any politician worth their salt, you are going to lie through your teeth to get yourself elected, and then spend your entire time in office selling particularly juicy untruths to the electorate, it is perhaps best not to confess as much on tape and then blog your confessions. People tend to notice this kind of thing.

People, as a rule, know full well that their politicians are a bunch of scheming liars who would sell their own mothers and spend the money on loose women and looser rentboys given half the chance. They just don't like to be reminded of the fact that they are being represented by a sweary version of Diamond Joe Quimby, and will, when faced with the dreadful truth, make a fair old fist of torching the TV station.

Hungary's deepening rich/poor divide didn't help matters. Neither did the fact that the affair was seized upon by the opposition and far right parties as an excuse for a damn good rumble. Fair play to Gyurcsany though, for having brass balls enough to refuse to step down knowing his reputation is entirely ruined. Perhaps, then, he has learned something from our own leaders. There's no point in resigning just because the proles are shouting for your head. Give them a week and a new celebrity scandal, and they'll be wondering what the fuss was all about.



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