The Hungarian opposition has five minutes to present their program on state television. The satirical party turned it into a comedy show.
Five minutes every four years. That’s how much television time the opposition in Hungary gets to present their program.
The top candidate of the united opposition, Péter Márki-Zay, made the start. He criticized the ruling party Fidesz and its media for constantly spreading lies about him and the alliance. He again criticized Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who refused a television debate with him.
Imre Tóth, former candidate of the satirical party Magyar Kétfarkú Kutya Párt (MKKP), in German “Hungarian Party of the Two-Tailed Dog”, took the performance a little less seriously. For this he was celebrated online by Orbán critics.
Comedy show instead of election program
Tóth started his performance by thanking him for the invitation; he adds cynically: “We breathe the air of freedom here.” He then advertised the party’s website, where one could find out more about the party’s goals and interests “for more than five minutes”. He wanted to talk about something else now, namely about…
But he doesn’t finish the sentence because his phone suddenly rings. His wife– “Schatzi” – should be on the phone.
Tóth tells her about his TV appearance: “There are a lot of people here, like Russians in Ukraine.” When asked what she should buy to eat, he replies, alluding to the price caps imposed on wheat, chicken and milk by Orbán during the election campaign: “Buy something cheap, like chicken breast or cooking oil. You can also fill up the car but if you don’t get any more petrol, don’t tell anyone, we’re not allowed to do that,” he reminds his wife. Allegedly there has been a fuel shortage in the country since the price of oil was capped; but the population was forbidden to speak about it.
After Tóth “finally” manages to get rid of his wife, he realizes that he only has a few seconds of talk time left. He asks if he can come back in four years. The presenter replies that she doesn’t know.
Four years ago, the party used the television time for a similarly satirical appearance: At that time, a party member was sent to the television studio in a chicken costume; the guest answered all questions cackling.
The state television M1 is obliged to grant the leading opposition politicians a minimum of five minutes of airtime in view of the approaching parliamentary elections on April 3rd. The parties present their interests every day at five to eight in the morning; Before and after, Orbán’s speech on the occasion of the Hungarian national holiday on March 15 was most recently broadcast. This program lasts about an hour and a half.