The Daily doesn’t have a bureau in Hungary, so we are having to rely on Agence France Presse newswire for this one, but apparently Ferenc Gyurcsany, the Hungarian Prime Minister, has given an amazing speech admitting that his party has “lied” over its policies.
He said of his government’s preparations for the monetarism that is Economic and Monetary Union: “we would never have believed it possible coming from a socialist-liberal coalition government”.
In the secret speech, taped in May this year but only now broadcast, the PM admits lying to voters by hiding plans for the austerity policy put in place since his party won the elections last spring. He said that the government had done “bloody stupid things” and “lied” for a year and a half. He went on:
“We don’t have many options, because we have cocked up. Not a bit: lots. No-one in Europe has done such stupid bloody things, except us. We can explain […] It is obvious that we have lied throughout the last 18 months to two years. It’s clear that what we said wasn’t true. We have so surpassed the economic and financial possibilities of the country that (…) we would never have believed it possible coming from a socialist-liberal coalition government.”
Far be it for The Daily to editorialise, but it is noticeable that not many Government figures talk about Britain joining the euro any more.