Lajos Bokros sent an email to all members of the European Parlaiment as discussed here to call attention to his remarks in yesterday’s debate. Bokros, who refused to speak in Hungarian on the floor, noted that his remarks were “factual and without emotion. It is coming from the right, not the left.” The claim of Bokros belonging to the “right” have already raised some eyebrows. As a fellow MEP notes, Bokros was a member of MSZMP, a member of MSZP, an MP for MSZP and a member of the MSZP-SZDSZ government, all on the left. Bokros later also “misremembered” (or – as some say- lied) about being a registered member of the MSZP party. Bokros is also mentioned in the infamous Őszöd Speech of Ferenc Gyurcsány as an important person around MSZP:
With whoever influential opinion-shaper around the Hungarian Socialist Party in macroeconomy-related matters, from Kornai to Bokros, from Békesi to Surányi, from Vértes to heaven-knows-who, we have discussed, suffered, yelled it through.
But is it possible that Bokros has changed his mind and really moved to the right after all of that? In 2006 Bokros was also elected as the honorary president of the MSZP platform “Reason and responsibility”. In 2009 after Gyurcsany’s resignation, Bokros immediately said that he wants to be prime minister in an MSZP-SZDSZ-MDF coalition government (MSZP held 190 seats at the time SZDSZ and MDF both had under 20). Bokros completely abandoned the party that got him elected into the EP. The relationship turned so sour that they are suing Bokros for 280 million forints ($1.2 million or £767,000). Apparently the old leadership of MDF took on a huge pile of debt and signed unfavourable contracts to get Bokros elected. The party alleges that he defrauded them and their supporters by cutting all ties with them once in the EP. Bokros asked for the suit to be thrown out but wasn’t successful.
But that was all in the past, maybe Bokros means that he became right-wing more recently? Well, that’s not exactly the case: