Hungary’s new government is determined to replace the country’s constitution with a new one as part of its plan to radically change the country. The governing Fidesz party says that, since it has two-thirds of the parliament seats, political stability enables it to draft a new constitution it sees as long overdue.Naturally, being good Europeans the government will not have a referendum on the new constitution but they are going to have a consultation via a questionnaire, which can be read in this article together with some comments. The one question that is not asked is whether the citizens of Hungary actually feel the need for a new constitution but it is not unreasonable to say that by voting for FIDESZ in such large numbers they approved the proposal that had been there fairly enough. (Unlike, say, the idea of Alternative Voting in Britain, which had not been mentioned even once during the election campaign last year.)
Some of the questions are interesting. I am intrigued by the idea of giving parents of minors votes on behalf of their children. This is a step towards the idea of multiple votes for people who have a greater stake in the country and society, which ought to be discussed a little more openly.
In the end, however, I wonder what the point is. After all, they have the Consolidated Treaties as amended by the Treaty of Lisbon. How many constitutions do they need?