"Gay gang-bang" in Brussels may be nail in coffin for Viktor Orbán's Fidesz

It will surely go down as one of the most memorable news stories of 2020, at least in Europe, and certainly in Brussels. The night when Member of the European Parliament József Szájer slid down a pipe (French speakers will like that one!) in order to escape from police-officers called to investigate a serious breach of social distancing rules will also live on for a long time in European Parliament folklore, writes Gary Cartwright.

What they found when they entered a first-floor apartment in Rue des Pierres, just around the corner from the Brussels Central police station, was what is euphemistically called a “sex party”.

Rue Des Pierres Bruxelles

A police officer involved in the November 29th raid was somewhat more forthcoming: “we interrupted a gay gang-bang,” he said.

A London police officer in such a situation would have inserted the words “allegedly”, “reportedly”, and “unconfirmed” into that statement, and on pain of loss of pension rights would never, never dare to suggest that the naked men who were allegedly, reportedly, and according to unconfirmed anonymous sources, buggering a young person of unconfirmed gender, might in fact be gay.

Mr. Szájer, or the “horny Hungarian”, as Britain’s Sun newspaper referred to him, failed in his get away bid and was found, during a police search, in possession of an ecstasy tablet which he of course knew nothing about, at which point he tried to claim diplomatic immunity, something the Brussels police have heard so many times they probably know the rules on that one better than any MEP.

To his credit, having exposed himself somewhat more than he had intended, he promptly resigned. His public apology, however, might be seen by some as lacking: "I deeply regret violating the Covid restrictions - it was irresponsible on my part. I am ready to pay the fine that occurs." Police have opened a case against Szájer for possession of drugs.

So, it's only the COVID restriction violation that he regrets: for many that might be the last of their worries at this point.

Concerning the fine, that would be €250, which is less than the tax-free and unaccountable payment an MEP gets each day just for turning up at the parliament.

Lovers of comedic farce, like myself, would have run this story through our imaginations many times over the last few weeks. If I were to make this into one of those wonderfully saucy British Carry-On films of the 1960s-70’s I even have an idea of who I might cast in the leading roles. That the MEP’s daughter is named Fanny (I’m not making that up) can only add to the mix.

Brussels police are still investigating, the European Parliament will need to meet to confirm Szájer has no immunity (a long drawn out process which I shall follow intently) while Polish police are investigating sex-party organiser David Manzheley who they believe to be in actuality one Przemysław P., a Polish citizen, who is wanted on fraud charges, and who has an outstanding one-year jail sentence waiting for him. This story will run for some time (unlike Przemysław P., I suspect.)

But if such a thing were possible, it gets better - but certainly not for Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Lgbt Hungary

József Szájer effectively wrote the current Hungarian constitution. He has boasted of personally writing, in 2011, the text that defines marriage as a heterosexual institution: this is the very text that justifies persecution of the LGBT community in Hungary, a matter which, along with clampdowns on the press, in the eyes of many EU governments and citizens defines Orbán’s regime.

During the days following the incident, Orbán himself, who will likely be seeking re-election in 2022, was understandably not best pleased.

Six major Hungarian opposition parties, whose cumulative support has grown to 35% agreed recently to hold primary elections for the first time in a national vote and challenge Orbán’s Fidesz party one-on-one in all voters districts, behind a single leader and a single programme.

Budapest-based Zavecz Research said earlier in December that Fidesz support has fallen to 30% among all voters while the opposition had the backing of 34%.

The sheer hypocrisy of József Szájer discredits Fidesz, undermines the integrity of the Hungarian constitution and the credibility of Orbán. One man’s greasy pole may well prove to be another’s downfall.

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Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright is publishing editor of EU Today.

An experienced journalist and published author, he specialises in environment, energy, and defence.

He also has more than 10 years experience of working as a staff member in the EU institutions, working with political groups and MEPs in various policy areas.

Gary's latest book WANTED MAN: THE STORY OF MUKHTAR ABLYAZOV: A Manual for Criminals on How to Avoid Punishment in the EU is currently available from Amazon

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