The Patrimony

In politics, everything is relatives

Tag: nepotism

The absence of nepotism

by fpman

Not so long ago the sibling gap was discussed here. One obviously interesting factor that went undiscussed in the process is how siblings can of course help each other using the various resources they have. That is a very real possibility in politics and one of the central subjects of this blog in fact. Nepotism, that is.

Thus it is always interesting to find examples of the opposite, when nepotism is completely absent.

The link goes to an article in The Mirror about Darren Offord, the homeless brother of Tory MP Matthew Offord.

The sibling gap really couldn’t have grown much greater than here.

Darren used to be an HGV (heavy goods vehicle) driver, had an accident, alleges that he became infected with HIV and Hepatitis through a blood transfusion upon that accident (although he was also a user of heroin for a while), and as a result of his joblessness and a bad break-up is now homeless. He receives some support from his sister. He also has two grown-up children, from different relationships. It is unclear how much help he may receive from his children or his former partners.

Brother Matthew meanwhile earned a PhD at King’s and is now in the House of Commons. Among other things, he is reportedly the owner of a £785,000 cottage, even as he spends much of his time in his constituency home.

Via the media, Darren is now telling Matthew:

“Matthew get your ­flipping a*** here and put your arm out and lift me up… lift me up. Give me a hand up and help me get off the streets.”

Brother Matthew does not appear eager to respond to the call. Apparently they don’t share the same political views with Darren and they had some bad quarrels over this in the distant past. It seems like they won’t start sharing that £785,000 cottage any time soon, and both may take a share of the blame for that.

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A futsal cabinet

by fpman

This story is just in from Hungary (in Hungarian). It’s not really a recent development but one that gradually evolved into how it stands at the moment.

The case concerns Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s new foreign minister who as of this stage has a significant part of his futsal (or indoors soccer) team in employment either by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade or by other state agencies.

The futsal club’s name is Dunakeszi Kinizsi, so named after a town to the north of the capital Budapest (Dunakeszi) and an historical figure (Kinizsi, a military commander in King Matthias’ service in the 15th century).

By now the following people are working for the futsal affairs, pardon me, the foreign affairs ministry of Hungary:

  • Szilárd Benkő is Szijjártó’s chief of cabinet. He does not have a higher education degree which raised some eyebrows when he got the job.
  • László Monspart, another team member, is also working in the ministerial cabinet.
  • Domonkos Andréka, a former executive of the futsal club, and an intern at the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office (also under Szijjártó) back in 2010, is by now chief of protocol at MiFAT.
  • Nortbert Temesi, a team member is working under his (Andréka’s) watch, at protocol.

And, as the article we quoted here makes it clear, there are yet others from Dunakeszi Kinizsi in different positions across the Hungarian government.

Minister Szijjártó must firmly believe that people who make for an effective team in futsal can transport that performance to a whole different environment even in the absence of prior experience or training that is relevant to the field in question. In terms of nepotism, they are already scoring high – one has to wait to see how they fare in diplomacy.

futsalteamThe cabinet: the two figures circled are Szijjártó (centre) and Andréka (second from right).