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Opposition Jobbik is launching a signature drive in protest against “the government’s austerity measures”, the conservative party’s deputy leader Dániel Z. Kárpát told a press conference. It was “unacceptable”, he said, that the government “should make extra profits in a crisis”. He insisted the government had “lied all along” in the election campaign, saying “not a word about harsh austerity measures” such as restrictive changes to the small business tax (kata) or raising household utility bills. Jobbik demands that the government should stop “profiteering” from taxpayers and scrap the VAT on basic foodstuffs, items for raising children, firewood, as well as on household gas and electricity. He added the signature campaign could force the government to reduce the VAT in those areas to zero. Insisting that the government had “revealed its intentions” when they had budgeted thousands of billions of forints in extra revenues from the VAT on soaring prices, he called it “disgusting” that the government should take advantage of “the misery of others” to gain extra profits.