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What do Hungary and New Zealand have in common?

9 September 2015 5 comments

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What do Hungary and New Zealand have in common? Besides having flags that are easily confused with other country’s…

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The answer; both are currently governed by right-wing parties, and both are guilty of inhumane, uncivilised obstructionist policies toward Syrian refugees in desperate need of re-settlement.

In New Zealand, the government consists of National and it’s parasitic satellite-party ACT, with support from Peter Dunne and the Maori Party.

In Hungary, the government consists of a large Muldoonist-style conservative party, Fidesz (pronounced  “Fee-dec” – as in ‘school decile’), and it’s parasitic satellite-party, the Christian Democratic People’s Party.

Both have adopted policies of bloody-minded stubborness refusing to assist refugees;

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PM cold on upping refugee quota

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Hungary PM - Europe's 'Christian roots' in danger from refugees

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I don’t know which is worse; the xenophobe, or the fool who attempts top justify his inaction by pointing to others;

“There are quite a few countries that don’t take refugees.”

His rationale for not increasing our efforts to held Syrian refugees (they are not migrants!) is both gutless and nonsensical.

What is it about the Right that, when faced with a humanitarian crisis, they turn their backs and look the other way? From whence does such cowardice spring?

Especially when,   two years ago, Key made these comments in a speech to the United Nations;

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“The gap between aspiration and delivery is all too apparent, as the situation in Syria has again so brutally reminded us. 

But any failures of this institution are less failures of the Organisation than they are failures of us, its Member States, and those who have the responsibility of leading those states.

There would be no dreadful humanitarian situation in Syria if Syria’s leaders had upheld the commitments made to the international community and to the Syrian people when Syria joined this organisation and ratified the Human Rights Covenants.

This Organisation would not also have been a powerless bystander to the Syrian tragedy for over two years if the lack of agreement among the Security Council’s Permanent Members had not shielded the Assad regime – thereby re-confirming the fears of New Zealand and others who had opposed the veto at the original San Francisco conference in 1945.

New Zealand is pleased that the Security Council has at last met on the situation in Syria.” – John Key, 27 September 2013

It is not the UN Security Council that is now the “powerless bystander to the Syrian tragedy” – it is John Key and his morally-challenged government.

With our current refugee intake a measly 750 per year, there has been mounting pressure on our esteemed Dear Leader, John Key, to increase the number to one thousand, or to  double it.

After all, if the British  government had not taken in one particular female  Jewish refugee in 1939, after fleeing the Nazi take-over of Austria, our Prime Minister would never have existed.

It appears that Key is now displaying the same callous  indifference to Syrian refugees that he has exhibited to tenants of State houses and social welfare beneficiaries – despite the fact that his grandmother was a refugee and his mother a beneficiary of  this country’s once-generous state housing and welfare system.

It defies comprehension that a human being who owes his very existence to the compassion of others – now turns his back on those who need his help. John Key may have found wealth and power in his journey through life. But it appears he has also lost something along the way.

Meanwhile, there are those willing to lend a hand when others are in need;

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References

Wikipedia: Fidesz

Wikipedia: Christian Democratic People’s Party

Radio NZ: PM cold on upping refugee quota

ITV News:  Hungary PM – Europe’s ‘Christian roots’ in danger from refugees

Interest.co.nz: Contrasting family histories of John Key and David Cunliffe revealed by ancestry research

Fairfax media: They’re not migrants, double the refugee quota now

Beehive.govt.nz: New Zealand’s Statement to the UNGA General Debate

TVNZ News: ‘We can do more’ – Little says NZ refugee quota should be 1250

Other Blogs

No Right Turn: Raise the quota

The Dim Post: Nothing will come of nothing

Imperator Fish: Keep your dead children off our beaches!

The Pundit: Guts, guts, got no guts

The Standard: “Get some Guts!”

The Standard: How much does New Zealand spend on refugees?

 

 

 

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This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 4 September 2015.

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Dear Leader – takes one to know one…

2 November 2012 12 comments

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John Key calls David Beckham “thick as batshit”?

What a coincidence…

 

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John Key: nyald ki a seggem!!

7 August 2012 2 comments

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What is it about National that senior ministers feel the need to insult other countries?!

In March this year, Gerry Brownlee made abusive comments about Finland – a country with  higher educational achievements than New Zealand; a GDP some US$70 billion greater  than ours; and all achieved with a population only one million more than us.

See: Key steps in after Brownlee crosses Finnish line

Today, our gormless Prime Minister, the man who grins like a witless fool, as he and his Party fail in nearly every respect to grow the economy, has taken a swipe at Hungary,

Hungarians don’t go out at night – they might in Budapest, but not in Afghanistan.”

Dear Leader was referring to his assertion that Hungarian forces do not patrol the Baghlan province, especially  after nightfall.

See: Afghanistan attack: No pressure on Hungary

So saith John Key, the man who has never served in the armed forces.

So saith John Key, who has never served in any Peacekeeping operations abroad, that Kiwi forces have been involved in.

Whilst Key was sitting comfortably at University flirting with pretty female students; thereafter crunched numbers McCulloch Menzies and later  Lane Walker Rudkin;  then became a forex dealer at Elders Finance; and after that shuffled bit of paper  for other  finance conglomerates – other young men and women his age were serving their country in the armed forces.

See: Wikipedia John Key

Key made money, lots of it.

Indeed, when asked by at least one journalist what his views on the 1981 Springbok Tour was, he could not remember.

As he replied to  a reporter’s question,

Oh, I can’t even remember … 1981, I was 20 … ah … I don’t really know. I didn’t really have a strong feeling on it at the time. Look, it’s such a long time ago.”

How the hell does one not recall one of the most defining moments in our recent history? Especially since he was 20 at the time?

In fact, aside from golf and making money (lots of money!), Key appears to have had no involvement whatsoever in any public service for his own country.

See: In search of John Key

So it appears that when John Key went out at night, it  was never in a warzone either.

But Key is right about one thing: it is safe to go out on the streets of Budapest at night. Indeed, a city of 2 million people is safer than downtown Wellington or Auckland, in the early hours of the morning, when Courtney Place and Queen Street are dangerous bashing-grounds for young, drunken, out-of-control men and women.

By contrast, I refer the reader to this description of nightlife in Budapest,

Hungarians, like most Eastern Europeans, like their liquor and hold it well. If you think Saturday afternoon is best spent hanging out with your friends, drinking coffee and trying to piece together what happened Friday night, you’re in the right country. Alcohol is central to many Hungarians’ lives. The only city where people go clubbing is Budapest; elsewhere, the pub is the only option.

Hungarian pubs are pretty grimy by western standards—yellow smoke-stained walls, dirty tablecloths, toilets that don’t always work. The people there are usually very drunk, but Hungarians tend to get either happy or morose when they’re intoxicated and bar fights are rare. Most Continentals take it for granted that they don’t risk a broken nose just for going to a bar, but this can be a refreshing change for English and American imbibers. The Hungarian pub is still a largely male preserve—although seeing women as part of a mixed group is common enough, you just won’t see many women sitting at the bar alone.

Drinks are present at pretty much every social occasion lasting longer than 10 minutes. Hungarians you befriend will give you a drink at any excuse, and if you go to a pub, expect one round after another after another after another… drink slowly if you want to remember anything after midnight. It can be hard to refuse and still seem sociable. Just about every Hungarian drinks, and most can’t understand why somebody wouldn’t. If you’re a man who doesn’t drink, brush up on your soccer trivia and fill your wallet with photos of previous girlfriends before you come here, in case your heterosexuality is ever questioned.

The national liquor is palinka, a brandy that’s somewhere between 60% and 70% alcohol and usually served in a shot glass that’s usually about two ounces. Good palinkas are a real treat to drink, and come in different fruit flavors. The cheap, unflavored ones are barely digestible, and if you have more than three you probably won’t be digesting them anyway. It is not uncommon to walk into a bar or restaurant in the morning and see men from all walks of life taking a drink of the stuff to steel themselves for a day of work.

The second liquor most identified with Hungary is Unicum, which tastes and looks like Jaegermeister. If you’ve never had Jaeger, think cough syrup. If you like it, you’ll like Unicum. Hungarians like to have a shot of Unicum before and/or after a meal. Wine is also quite popular, Hungary produces some nice reds. It’s usually served in a soft drink glass at pubs. Red wine from Villány is generally considered the best, although Tokaji wine is just as well-known and not bad either.

The less said about the local beer, the better. It’s better than Milwaukee’s Best, maybe even better than Miller and Budweiser. But what European beer isn’t? Czech beers are commonly available, and are your best bet. Pilsner Urquell (first pilsner ever) and Budwar (Budweiser’s more flavorful ancestor) are the most common.

As for domestics, Dreher is head and shoulders above the rest. Hungarians don’t usually toast when they’re drinking beer. Supposedly this is because in 1848, when 13 generals fighting for Hungarian independence were executed by the Austrians, the Austrian soldiers clinked their beer glasses together as each one was dropped off the gallows.

You can buy beer, wine and liquor at any place where you can buy food—grocery stores, corner stores, gas stations, wherever. Supposedly there’s a drinking age, but as long as you can see over the counter or bar you won’t be carded. Pubs usually close around midnight, although you can usually find a handful that are open a couple hours later. These are more common in Budapest, of course.

There’s an open container law, but unless you’re starting fights or run into a cop whose wife just left him, you can walk down the street gulping palinka right out of the bottle without any problems. Either you or the cop really have to be an asshole to get hassled for drinking in public; just being drunk and a bit loud won’t get you noticed.

Hungary has a huge problem with alcoholism. Most pubs are bustling by 8:30 in the morning. If you don’t want to drink, tell people you’re a recovering alcoholic. They’ll understand.

See: Drink and Drugs in Hungary

This blogger has experience in Hungarian culture, and the writer of the piece above is fairly correct. As they write,

You can buy beer, wine and liquor at any place where you can buy food—grocery stores, corner stores, gas stations, wherever.

In fact, the first time I ever went to Hungary, I was stunned at how widespread the availability of alcohol was.

Yet, I never once saw any display of public drunkeness, nor alcohol-fuelled fights, nor the kind of wanton vandalism, public urination, vomitting, that is now commonplace in our cities after dark.

Nor does Key seem to have any inclination to deal with this country’s out-of-control alcohol abuse that renders Courtney Place and Queen Streets no-go areas after midnight.

At first, Key stated that there was public  “no appetite” to raise taxes on alcohol to curb excessive consumption in this country.

See: Failure of nerve on liquor law

Key  ruled out raising the price on alcohol to address alcohol abuse, saying it was  ineffectual.

Yet that is precisely the mechanism by which successive governments  reduced demand for cigarettes: raising taxes.

Key misled the public in December, last year,  when he claimed  there was  “no appetite” from the public to raise prices on alcohol. A survey conducted by the Health Sponsorship Council revealed that,

“…  56% of people are behind an increase in the price of cheap alcohol, including 26% strongly backing the idea. It also found solid backing for a reduction in the hours alcohol may be sold, with 28% strongly behind the idea and a further 37 % supporting it.”

See: Dunne in gun over survey backing booze crackdown

What is the point of this blogpost, you may ask?

It’s fairly evident. John Key is the man who has never served in the military – nor in any other community organisation. And yet he has the temerity to complain about what other military servicemen may or may not be doing? When he puts his own neck on the line, or contributes something constructive to society – then we might start to take him seriously.

Until then, he is a suit with a big bank account; a desire to be admired by the public; but  precious little more.

As for referring about the safety of other cities at night – that is indeed a valid issue.  On that matter, John Key has a lot to learn from Hungarians – especially how to hold their liquor, and not end up in drunken brawls, where footpaths are covered in blood and vomit, and shopkeepers have to hose urine,    excrement, and more vomit,  from their doorways.

You won’t see these headlines in any newspaper in Hungary,

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Child alcohol abuse up nearly 20pc

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Tough line on alcohol abuse most welcome

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Teens ‘so drunk they could die’

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Ambulance base for Wellington party central

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Drunk kids flooding our hospitals

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RTDs linked to crime, crashes

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Abusive drunks make doctor feel like giving up

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Hawke’s Bay races ‘drunken mayhem’

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Booze retailers ‘put profits ahead of community

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Wellington’s DHB calls for community hard line on

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Man goes on drunken rampage in hospital carpark

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Alcohol abuse seen as a big NZ problem

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So if John Key has a problem with Hungarians; their servicemen and women; the capital city of Budapest, and how safe it may be at night – he should keep it to himself.

Not until he and his Party start to address  serious problems surrounding our own growing crisis of alcohol abuse – instead of tinkering with the law –  should he open his big mouth.

And if he wants to tell  Hungarian soldiers how to fight the Taliban, I encourage him to get of his ministerial chair; go to Afghanistan; and show them how it’s done.

Armchair warriors like him deserve only contempt.

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Addition

Hungarians hurt by ‘snide’ Key dig at troops

Wikipedia: Finland

Wikipedia: New Zealand

OECD PISA Education rankings

Review of Regulatory Framework for the Sale and Supply of Liquor

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