Eh?

The Budapest protests must be heeded in a region walking a line between budding democracy and revisionist nationalism.

Could anyone parse that sentence for me?

I\’m not in favour of what Fidesz is doing myself but what on earth does what they\’ve said there mean?

For example, what is the conflict between democracy and revisionist? Even, between democracy, budding or otherwise, and nationalism?

I think we\’d all agree that Scotland is becoming more nationalist as time passes and I\’ve not seen anyone complain that that is either an affront to or incompatible with democracy.

11 comments on “Eh?

  1. “Could anyone parse that sentence for me?”

    Do you mean “parse” as in the tedious American misuse of the word, or in its proper sense?

  2. Ah, but Scottish nationalism is anti-British (or should that be anti-English), so it’s not nationalism (nasty) but anti-imperialism (good).

  3. I am reminded of a line from an (apocryphal) sermon: “My brothers and sisters, what God expects us to do is tread the narrow divide between right and wrong…..”

  4. Yes.
    It means that:
    (i) the region which is required to heed the Budapest protests is faced with two major political risks – one of which is democracy which is just starting to raise its flower-head – and the second is revisionist nationalism (i.e. a form of nationalism that is trying to retain some of the nature of the previous type of nationalism effective in that region while changing much of it).
    (ii) that the aforesaid region needs to pay heed to the message of the protests voiced in Budapest.
    Now the phrase “budding democracy” is the clue – the message is addressed to those participating in the “Arab Spring” – not Burma where the decaying regime was racist, totalitarian leftist, but not nationalist – the nationalists supported Aung Sun Suu Kyi. All the states involved in the “Arab Spring” are replacing nominally socialist nationalist governments.
    The warning is that when some new government comes along to sort out the economic mess created by the overthrown Arab governments as a result of their pretence to be “Socialist” any attempt to sort it out will be unpopular among those who have benefited at the expense of the poor.
    OK?

  5. John 77.
    “OK?”

    Erm, not really, the article in so far as one can make out any meaning under the usual layers of Guardianista waffle about vibrant culture, the wicked neo-liberals etc. seems to be vaguely aimed at the rest of the EU can’t really see what Burma and the Arab Spring have to do with it.

  6. I can’t see that Scotland has become more nationalist – it always was. The change has been that Scottish nationalism, which previously was largely cultural, has become increasingly political. There are a lot of reasons for that, but they’re rather off-topic.

  7. What the Guardian mean is that they want to respect the wishes of the Hungarian voters, but they cannot accept the people they vote for, so we need to persuade the Eastern Europeans to vote for someone else, so that we don’t have to ignore their democratic wishes and change their governments for them.

  8. Frances Coppola – “I am reminded of a line from an (apocryphal) sermon: “My brothers and sisters, what God expects us to do is tread the narrow divide between right and wrong…..””

    That is probably true actually. He may want something else, but it is a nice illustration of the distinction between what is desired and what is expected.

  9. @ Thornavis
    I was parsing the sentence, not what the journalist should have written.
    Sorry, I assumed that was obvious

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