It’s like the Hungarian Socialist Party is trying to kill itself off with its local elections campaign. A lot was said about Ferenc Falus – who was supposed to be their “saviour candidate” – and about the Socialists’ jumbled endorsement messages for Lajos Bokros after Falus finally stepped down (it turns out he would most likely have beaten Bokros, by the way). At that point – a couple of weeks ago – one could have thought that that would be it, but MSZP then somehow managed to ridicule itself once again. This week they released a couple of videos that probably even have experienced campaign managers scratching their heads. One is about the future, where there is a Viktor Orbán Nuclear Power Plant, a Zsolt Semjén horse statue and a Pál Schmitt Museum. Apparently the last chance to avoid this fate is by voting for MSZP this Sunday. I doubt that there are many people who believe that but it could mobilise a few thousand voters. Which is exactly a few thousand more than the number of people running to the polls upon seeing the second message will be. This video shows a series called Hungarian Folktales and it includes a quote from poet Sándor Petőfi and MSZP chief József Tóbiás. The problem is that the typeface of Hungarian Folktales is practically illegible, especially with longer texts. Perhaps, it’s for the better, as the message – about power, words and truths within words – does not make much sense. According to Tóbiás, 13 October will mark the beginning of a new era for MSZP. That’s if the party still exists after the whopping it is about to receive.