Mail-order democracy in Hungary

The postal service, in the week ending June 1, began delivering millions of letters in the name of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, asking voters for their opinions on a wide range of policy issues. It is the latest round of the “National Consultation” that the government says it will use as a guide in its policymaking. This time the theme is job creation and all questions are related to the economy.

Some media – including financial daily Világgazdaság and weekly news magazine HVG – suggested that the government has already made up its mind over the issues touched on in the questionnaire.

Comments posted on the website of left-liberal newspapers and other internet forums suggested that critics are legion. As so often in cyberspace, mockery was rife.

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