“I think all should agree, irrespective of their political affiliation, that the country had got into a state of total social and economic bankruptcy by 2010,” Lazar told hundreds of students at Lakitelek, SE Hungary.
“The change in regime [Hungary’s transition to democracy over two decades ago] arrived at a deadlock, even if it began otherwise,” he said.
Lazar said that those who had orchestrated that transition, including the political right, had to assume some responsibility for failure. He added, however, that the “grave of the process was dug” by the communists of the late 1980s and the late Socialists, who came to power repeatedly over the past two decades.
Lazar said the past two years of Viktor Orban’s government should be set against the preceding eight years of Socialist power. He noted that Hungary’s public debt increased from slightly over 50 percent of GDP in 2002 to 82 percent by the end of Socialist rule in 2010.
Concerning ties with the opposition parties, Lazar said the ruling parties were prepared to coordinate with them but could do nothing with their policy of “negation and rejection”.
The Socialist party issued a statement in which it accused Fidesz of “running amok” and “making Hungarian people pay” for their policies. The statement said that Fidesz’s “warfare” cost the taxpayer “250 billion forints each year” and its flat tax regime had sucked out “500 billion forints from the budget”. It added that 82 percent of employees had suffered a cut in real wages.