In case you didn’t notice, the campaign for the 2018 election has officially begun. Radical Jobbik’s re-elected leader Gábor Vona used his newly re-established power at his party’s recent congress to get rid of one of the founders of Jobbik, Előd Novák. Pre-congress, Vona said he would not support the re-election of Novák, István Apáti and István Szávay as deputy leaders. In addition to being Jobbik elders – if that’s an appropriate expression for a party established in 2003 – the common factor among these three is that they are all considered to belong to the more radical wing of the radicals, and none of them were very enthusiastic about Vona’s attempts to try to turn Jobbik into a moderate people’s party (the so-called cuteness campaign, where he poses with cats and dogs is part of that effort). Apáti and Szávay eventually accepted Vona’s decision and said they would not run for re-election, but Novák refused to stand down and he released a memorandum to party members in which he unleashed his objections. By the time of the congress, though, Novák had come around and said he accepted that he was not going to be deputy leader. “There will not and cannot be a scandal” at the party congress, he told journalists. He was not re-elected, end of story. You’d think. This Monday, however, Novák announced that Vona had informed him the new party board wanted him to return his parliamentary mandate. He was allowed to remain a member of the party. But the story is far from over. Vona will continue on the path of moderation and there will be a lot of people in Jobbik who will not like that. Radicals will be radicals. This will make the next couple of years very interesting, especially since a recent survey revealed that almost half of Jobbik supporters say Novák is fit to lead the party. And if enough radicals believe that, a new “really radical” could quickly be established. Unheard of? Not at all. It’s almost exactly what happened when Jobbik was born. They are practically the offspring of MIÉP (Magyar Igazság és Élet Pártja, Hungarian Justice and Life Party) and it should be a warning sign for Vona that at its first election running alone the once-popular MIÉP received 1286 votes nationwide.