I mean. It’s not that I can do anything to stop this from happening. There’s nothing anyone can do, in fact, considering the deadly virus going around. I’m mostly just venting, and offering some perspective to the people here - yes, Trump is bad, yes, Boris is bad, yes, leaders are mismanaging this terrible situation all over the world. But in some places the mismanagement includes grabbing the opportunity to strip away the last veneers of democracy and rule of law, that they had been eroding in the past 10 years, and turning a country into a full-on autocracy under an incompetent, infinitely corrupt, infinitely megalomaniac, infinitely amoral dictator. (As bad as Trump is, at least he’s not doing that.)
Orbán doesn’t give two shits about the virus - not yet, and when he’ll start giving a damn it will be too late. He only cares about power and lining his pockets. All these days since the first case here in my country, they could have introduced measures that other countries introduced, or should have introduced right away - they could have called on experts to analyze the situation and come up with an action plan. But no, they were - are still - downplaying everything, they’re still approaching the whole situation from a political angle, and all this time instead of taking steps against the virus, they were more busy preparing this political move. And I’m not under any illusions that efforts to curb the virus will not continue to be a vehicle to political maneuvering, strengthening of power and silencing critical, opposing voices - under the guise of “battling the coronavirus”. The virus situation will end one day, one way or another, but this - this will stay. And with the brutal recession that’s inevitable now, nobody will be in any shape to fight it.
And as for blame? I’m sorry, but there’s tons and tons of blame, all around the world - for allowing circumstances under which viruses like SARS or now COVID-19 are born and spread, for being unprepared even in face of overwhelming evidence of what’s coming our way, etc. For this particular thing in my neck of the woods, there’s so much blame on our (= my) entire society, on our amoral leaders, on the people who keep voting for them, on the people who are unable to join forces against them and instead keep squabbling among one another like children on the playground. So much blame. Not to focus on, not right now, but to consider and keep in mind.
Obviously, the virus now overrides everything and anything. There will be no resistance, everyone will sit on their ass while armored vehicles roam the streets (two under my window just this morning), hoping that maybe, just maybe, now that he has what he’s wanted all along, Orbán will practice self-restrain and focus on “fixing the issue at hand” instead of using his newly gained powers to further silence critical voices - knowing fully well that he won’t. As a country, we’re utterly, completely fucked, by the virus and by our own incompetence, and now we have no choice but to suffer the worst possible consequences.