Two prominent, divisive Europeans tried to visit Britain this year: Gábor Vona and Dieudonné M’bala M’bala. Both aroused outrage and protest. Both were considered by the Home Office. Only one visitor, arguably the more dangerous, was allowed entry.
Vona, leader of ‘Jobbik Magyarországért Mozgalom’, came to London on 26 January, the day before Holocaust Memorial Day. Jobbik describe themselves as ‘radical right’ and exhibit populist ethno-nationalist traits. With the slogan ‘Hungary for the Hungarians’, Jobbik is now the third largest Hungarian party, with 16.7% of the 2010 vote, behind Fidesz and the Socialists.
Jobbik has links to the outlawed ‘Hungarian Guard’, a neo-fascist paramilitary movement compared to the 1930s ‘brownshirts’ (Sturmabteilung) which Vona himself founded. They held marches against Hungarian Roma, accusing them of criminality. Jobbik agitates for Hungary’s 1914 borders, including parts of Romania, Ukraine, Serbia and Slovakia. Its members spoke to the British National Party at Nick Griffin’s invitation, and Griffin addressed Jobbik in 2008. Party leaders have made numerous anti-Semitic statements, notably the party’s deputy leader demanding a list of Jews in government and parliament, as they ‘pose a national security risk to Hungary’.