As previously reported, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced on Wednesday that the prices for six staple foods would be rolled back to what they were in October. Hungarians will therefore in theory be able to save a few hundred forints when buying the six products affected by the policy, although few details about it have been released.
News of the price freeze spread onto the Facebook pages of pro-government politicians soon after it was announced. Justice Minister Judit Varga posted a picture of herself going over a selection of meats at one of the butcher’s stalls in the Great Market Hall on Fővám Square:
An Instagram page called “csuklo_szpotting” (“wrist spotting”) identified the watch Varga was wearing on her arm as a Cartier Clé de Cartier, which can be purchased from the manufacturer’s website for 1.5 million Ft. (US $4,800).
Although the “watch influencer” claims it is hard to tell the exact model based on this picture, a few better pictures of the watch were taken the past summer. Hungarian weekly 168 óra also wrote about how elegant the Justice Minister’s outfit was, which elicted a comment from Varga’s husband.
Dear Editors, I bought the watch for my wife’s 40th birthday last September. Despite the insinuation from your publication, the watch did not have to be included in my wife’s declaration of assets, because it only requires reporting goods that exceed the six-month base MP salary. Keep up the good work! PM
-wrote Péter Magyar, Judit Varga’s husband and the CEO of Diákhitel Központ Zrt. in the comments section.
If Varga had bought the watch herself, it would have wiped out nearly her entire savings in forints according to her 2020 declaration of assets, or it could have repaid half of her forint-based debts.
[Cover photo: csuklo_szpotting / Instagram]