Saturday 5 December 2020

On The Barricade - Podcast 6th December 2020

"They say there are two types of conservatives: the ones that have been caught in very compromising sexual situations, and the ones that are going to get caught. The Hungarian MEP Jozsef Szajer belongs to the first category of conservatives. His past week night adventures caught the attention of the whole world. 

Join us Sunday on The Barricades, our weekly podcast to discuss this very hot topic! We have two special guests: Antal Attila, coordinator at the Social Theory Research Group at Institute of Political History and Stefano Bottoni, who currently works as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of History at the University of Florence. We shall try to analyse what is probably one of the most humorous and, at the same time, alarming events in recent history. 

The unbelievable level of hypocrisy of the Hungarian top conservative politicians was revealed this week when Jozsef Szajer, an MEP of the Victor Orban party, was caught climbing out of the first floor of a building in Brussels, fleeing along the gutter, in order to escape a private party when police stormed the premises. The police were called because of a complaint about a nighttime disturbance. Drugs were found in Mr. Szajer's pocket. Now, the problem of him getting arrested wouldn’t have caught the media’s attention. But the private party was actually a gay orgy, and Mr. Jozsef Szajer, who fronted conservative Hungarian party Fidesz in the European parliament, helped rewrite Hungary's constitution to add, "Protect the institution of marriage as the union of a man and a woman"!
You can’t make these things up. It is a clear situation where reality beats fantasy. And yet, there is a dramatic side to this very humorous story that we are about to unravel on Sunday!"