Firstly, he wants to fine or jail homeless people who live in public spaces. Um, exactly like our own Vagrancy Act of 1824, in fact. But without the 'vigelante' element of s.6 of the Act, which allows any person without warrant to arrest any person "wandering abroad, or placing himself or herself in any public place, street, highway, court, or passage, to beg or gather alms, or causing or procuring or encouraging any child or children so to do... every person wandering abroad and lodging in any barn or outhouse, or in any deserted or unoccupied building, or in the open air, or under a tent, or in any cart or waggon; every person wilfully openly, lewdly, and obscenely exposing his person with intent to insult any female; every person wandering abroad, and endeavouring by the exposure of wounds or deformities to obtain or gather alms; every person going about as a gatherer or collector of alms, or endeavouring to procure charitable contributions of any nature or kind, under any false or fraudulent pretence every person being found in or upon any dwelling house, warehouse, coach-house, stable, or outhouse, or in any inclosed yard, garden, or area, for any unlawful purpose"
Secondly, he wants to ban paid political advertising on private radio and TV stations. Exactly like the UK, where the ban extends to matters of political controversy and to printing and publishing by third parties. Or like, er, France, Ireland and Belgium, all of which have absolute bans on paid political advertising on TV and radio.
Thirdly, he wants to compel graduates who have received State scholarships to work in Hungary for a number of years after graduating. Now we don't have a law against this but perhaps we should have. Just as our newly-qualified nurses and doctors depart for the US and better pay as soon as they can, after getting long years of state-subsidised education, so those from eastern Europe do likewise.
There's much to be critical of in Hungary, but I don't think these three laws are amongst them. The real issue is a constitutional court loyal to Brussels blocking an elected government ready to defy Von Rumpy. And as Peter Frankopan in the Guardian reminds us this morning, the Byzantine Empire had its own Von Rumpy - and knew how to deal with him;
Those responsible for the crisis were shown no mercy. The Herman Van Rompuy of the time, a eunuch named Nikephoritzes, was lambasted by an angry population faced with price rises and a fall in the standard of living and was eventually tortured to death.We wish.