The government is not in control

October 27th was one of those days during the revolution that saw minor changes in government without any tangible consequences.

Former President of the Republic of Hungary Zoltán Tildy and former Independent Smallholders Party Chairman Béla Kovács were admitted into Nagy’s government, which now consisted of Nagy as well as communists who were less tainted by the Rákosi era, in the hopes that this would appease the masses and bring an end to the street fights.

Although a step in the right direction, it was far too little and did not achieve its hoped for results. If anything, what this revealed was that the Hungarian government was not in control of the events sweeping throughout the country and was merely reacting to them.

Zoltán Csipke