Down in the polls, down on the PM, but not up to taking him on
One year on from Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány’s Balaton?szöd lies speech on 26 May 2006, speculation has resurfaced over who could have recorded and leaked the tape that sparked riots, rocked the government and handed the MSZP a massive defeat at the local elections last autumn. This is all the more pertinent because according to press reports the position of the Prime Minister, since elected party chairman earlier this year, is no longer as clear-cut. The press does have a tendency to exaggerate conflicts within the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP). Nevertheless, it is striking that the Socialists rallied behind Gyurcsány last autumn in the face of external attacks, whereas now, in the changed political environment, the key question has become the relationship between the PM and his party.