Could you ever think of a Political Party which proposes for Candidate PM a man dressed in a chicken uniform? Probably not in Greece, but in the near Hungary who faces a deeply rooted Xenophobia, a man -well known but a bit unfamiliar to the rest of the world- named József Tichy-Rács, runs candidate for MP in the Hungarian election, this April 2018...
His Political joke party in Hungary, under the title Hungarian Two-tailed Dog Party, was founded in Szegedin 2006, and also had candidates running dressed as a gorilla and Father Christmas! It was finally registered as an official political party in 2014. The party's main activity is street art – graffiti, stencils and various posters – parodying the political elite. All of the electoral candidates were called István Nagy ("Stephen Big", Hungarian equivalent of the English John Smith) during the 2006 national and local elections. The name was chosen because Nagy is the single most common surname in Hungary, and István is a very common first name.
József Tichy-Rács is not like the other candidates in April's Hungarian General Elections — he's running for office in a full chicken suit and mask.
Why? "I think people in Hungary have lost trust in human politicians, so it's reasonable to assume they'll trust a chicken or a dog," he told Euronews.
The Two-tailed Dog Party was not a registered political party until 2014, but planned to participate in the 2006 elections. The party made a big bunch of promises such as: eternal life, world peace, one work day per week, two sunsets a day (in various colours), smaller gravitation, free beer and low taxes. Other promises included "building a mountain on the Great Hungarian Plain"!The election posters could mainly be seen only in Szeged. Most of the posters featured the candidate, István Nagy, who is a two-tailed dog, with inscriptions like "He is so cute, surely he doesn't want to steal".
In 2010, the party announced their candidacy for mayor of Budapest with the main slogan "Let everything better!" Campaign slogans included "More everything, less nothing!", "Eternal life, free beer, tax-deduction!" and "We promise anything!"!!!
The crescendo has been placed with the statement of the Two-Tailed Dog Party when the present PM of Hungary, Orbán and his government, during the Migration flow to the European Frontiers, plastered the Hungarian cities and towns with hundreds of anti-immigrant billboards.“If you come to Hungary, you may not take jobs away from Hungarians”, one insisted. Another read, “If you come to Hungary, you must respect our culture.” Then came the announcement that, in order to deter migrants and refugees, the government would build a fence to seal off the border with Serbia, which is not a member of the EU.
So the answer was beeing paid by the Two-Tailed Dog Party. The Two-Tailed Dog, in coalition to an alternative news blog called Vastagbőr(Thick Skin), launched a campaign to raise 3m forints (roughly £7,000) to buy space on 50 billboards for one month. The idea was to blanket the country with slogans satirising the government’s xenophobic billboards. They made it to cover with the billboards the central streets, writting on them "Welcome to Hungary, CLOSED ON SUNDAYS"....
In 2016, the MKKP took part in a campaign to actively encourage voters to cast invalid votes on the ballot and to upload pictures of the ballot to a mobile phone application which then shared the photo over the internet. In Hungary, it is unlawful to take pictures of ballots.
The party, which typically limits its political activity to ironic street art making fun of Hungarian political life, stepped into the campaign running up to the October 2 anti-EU refugee resettlement quota referendum. It initiated its own propaganda campaign encouraging voters to cast invalid ballots by marking both “yes” and “no.” The campaign, which cost roughly HUF 35 million (USD 127,000) raised largely through crowdfunding on the internet, included 500 outdoor billboards and over 100,000 smaller posters pasted around the country by the party’s followers. The campaign motto was, “A stupid answer to a stupid question. Vote invalidly!”
The referendum was indeed rendered invalid due to insufficient participation, with only some 40 percent of eligible voters casting valid ballots. 98 percent of voters voted “no” and a bit more than 1 percent voted yes. Of total participants, 6.3 percent spoiled their ballots and voted invalidly, a fact that Kovács says means Two-tailed Dog is no longer a joke party.
The Chicken Man candidate currently lives in Austria, but surelly he'll move back to Hungary if he's elected. If he manages to earn as much as the other politicians, then he can cater to all the human and chicken needs, from the salary and move back to Hungary.
The fact is that this is not the first one party in European region or internationally. Out of question, there will be more and more so joke-a-like parties as far as the Economical Recession in the world arises. For the time being is an ispiration as it moves the art in a way of political narrative and we promise him on April 8th although is hard for a Party like this to win the election, only to go up against candidates fromother Hungarian parties including Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s nationalist Fidesz...
Good luck feathered man... Fly high!!!