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Sep 22, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

The Financial Times and the Soros plan deniers: these people just aren’t being straight with us

Sometimes, you just can’t make this stuff up. Over the course of last week, two prominent media sources have run pieces featuring flat-out denials that the Soros plan exists.

Earlier this week, the Financial Times published an editorial, “Soros hatred is a global sickness,” in which their columnist, Gideon Rachman, wrote this about George Soros’ pro-immigration agenda: “[Prime Minister Viktor Orbán] has made denunciation of an alleged ‘Soros plan’ to flood Hungary with Muslims central to his re-election campaign. There is no such plan.” He goes on to say that, yes, Soros is a “generous” backer of “refugee charities” and also, by the way, supports Brussels’ quota scheme “to resettle Syrian refugees” (sic) across the EU. But, on the Soros plan, “there is no such plan.” A few days prior, the US news site The Daily Caller ran an article under the headline “Hungary Asks Citizens For Advice On How To Take Down George Soros,” about the government’s plans for the next national consultation to ask citizens for their input on the immigration debate. The end of the article contains a similarly outrageous claim by a spokesman for Soros, Michael Vachon.

“Soros’s position is entirely consistent with mainstream European values,” says Vachon. “The claim that Soros is promoting a scheme to import a million illegal immigrants into Europe is Viktor Orbán’s fantasy.”

Except it’s not. “It’s not something we’ve made up,” as Prime Minister Orbán has said, “We didn’t reach this conclusion through divination, but the architect of the plan published it himself.” At the end of September 2015, the billionaire financial speculator published an article in his own name entitled – wait for it –

“George Soros: Here’s my plan to solve the asylum chaos”.

The first point of his plan says that “the EU has to accept at least a million asylum-seekers annually for the foreseeable future.”

Then this: “The EU should provide 15,000 euros ($16,800) per asylum-seeker for each of the first two years to help cover housing, health-care and education costs — and to make accepting refugees more appealing to member states.”

By the way, at current exchange rates, 15,000 EUR amounts to about 4.5 million forints per annum. That’s more than many Hungarian citizens earn.

I’d hate to accuse someone of being dishonest. But Messrs. Rachman and Vachon – and the many other deniers – are not being straight with us here. It’s their job to know this stuff, so the fact that they continue to deny the existence of the Soros Plan is insulting.

Soros, in his own words, clearly has a plan to push immigration on the citizens of Europe, and he’s actively promoting it through his network of so-called “civic groups”, through his lobbying of the European Parliament, and in his secretive meetings with members of the European Commission. Those who deny that the Soros Plan exists would prefer that we not talk about it, and they dread the idea that – God forbid! – the citizens of Europe should have a say.