Orb?n: Giving the middle-finger to Brussels

Caption: Say what you will, the man has good taste in literature.

Populism: A popular opinion not approved by the elite.

Victor Orb?n, like him or not, is an extraordinarily popular leader. He seems especially popular with the working classes of his nation. Naturally, the elites in Brussels hate him. Quote:

Hungary?s populist Prime Minister Viktor Orb?n delivered a fiery speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg in which he claimed his country was being condemned for choosing not to be a ?country of migrants?, as he conceded that the European parliament was set to trigger the EU?s most serious sanction against his government.

Arriving late to the debate in the chamber in Strasbourg on Tuesday on the country?s courts, treatment of its Roma community and media and academic freedoms, Orb?n told MEPs that the parliament was ?insulting? his nation. End of quote.

One of the key issues in the Brexit campaign was regaining British national sovereignty. Remainers pooh-poohed the very idea that the EU threatened national sovereignty. Except, it?s now threatening Hungary?s sovereignty. Quote:

The Hungarian populist nationalist, who won landslide general election victory in April, was addressing the parliament before a vote on Wednesday on a report which has advised it to trigger article 7, which can ultimately lead to an EU member state losing its voting rights in the union?s institutions, according to the Guardian. End of quote.

In other words, if a member state exercises its sovereign rights, they?ll be punished by Brussels. Quote:

?Hungary will not accede to this blackmailing, Hungary will protect its borders, stop illegal migration and ? if needed ? we will stand up to you,? said Orb?n.

Calling the proceedings an ?insult? to his nation, Orb?n called Hungary the ?defender of Europe? and spoke of its ?different view on Christianity in Europe, the role of nations and national culture.? End of quote.

The EU has always been the creature of the elite. Most member states were brought into the organisation by political fiat. The few states who put the decision to referendum were only narrowly backed by a minority of voters. Many lost at first, but bludgeoned their people with repeated referendums, until the elites got their way.

It?s notable, then, that Orb?n has the support of the standard-bearer for Brexit. Quote:

?Thank God there is at least one European leader prepared to stand up for his principles, his culture, his nation and his people in the face of such extreme bullying,? said former UK leader Nigel Farage, who called the proceedings against Budapest ?a show trial.? End of quote.

This isn?t to say that Orb?n is any kind of saint: there may well be legitimate criticisms of some of his domestic policies. But the fact remains that the Hungarian people voted for him. Overwhelmingly. If his election was a mistake, it?s the Hungarian peoples? mistake to make.

But Brussels doesn?t do democracy. When the Greeks voted for the far-left Syriza and its Marxist economic policies, whether or not anyone else liked it, that was their democratic decision. Until the technocrats of the EU rode roughshod over them.

George Soros whines that ?[Orb?n?s] plan treats the protection of national borders as the objective and the refugees as an obstacle. Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle,? but that?s exactly the point. That?s precisely why the demos of Hungary voted for him.

The elites in Brussels are shocked ? shocked ? that the hoi polloi of so many European countries are turning against their open borders utopia. But that?s because the elites get the best of the open borders deal ? ?cheap nannies and great restaurants,? as Mark Steyn puts it ? without having to worry about the mucky stuff, like rape gangs, no-go zones, grenade-throwing migrant mobs, or weeks-long waiting lines for public services preferenced to illegal migrants.

Then they wonder why the Orb?ns, Farages and Gauldands and Weidels continue to win the hearts and minds of the common people.