Monday, 23 May 2016

A month is a long time in politics

On 25th April, after the first round of the Austrian presidential election, I wrote;
I think the second round next month may be less dramatic, and the entire non-right wing vote will unite behind the green candidate, Van der Bellen, to give Austria a new President - a largely symbolic figurehead here where most power is devolved to the Chancellor and Länder.
I thought at the time it would pan out at 45% Hofer - 55% Van der Bellen - and would never have imagined that Hofer was within a hair's breadth of the Presidency. And the Chancellor to whom much power is devolved was then Werner Faymann, who, I wrote, had just scored a 72% approval rating for closing the Balkans migrant route. 

Well, even though I got Van der Bellen right, I didn't foresee Faymann's surprise resignation after the first round. His about-turn on migrants was too little, too late. A big tree felled. Just goes to show that a month is a long time in politics - and there's everything still to play for in the Euro referendum. 

And Hofer has everything to be cheerful about. The Austrian presidency shares many of the characteristics of the American vice-presidency in terms of its value vis-a-vis a pitcher of warm spit. The real prizes are the likely seats in the Federal parliament and the Länder governments to come - and my chum who sits as an MP for a Viennese constituency for the OeVP is actually safer than most of his colleagues. 

And still the BBC knows crap-all. I see their website has just compared Hofer's FPOe to Hungary's skinhead Jobbik party - when in fact the FPOe are a little to the left of Victor Orban's governing Fidesz. Maybe they should send a journalist to Europe to find out what's going on.  


Anonymous said...

Raedwald said:

'And still the BBC knows crap-all.'

James Mates's reporting for ITV this evening was so partisan he may as well join the Green Party and stand for king mushroom. In fact whatever the topic virtually none from his trade hides their bias these days - it's so obvious and in your face. If you're socially conservative you're a Nazi, end of.


Anonymous said...

The narrative is for any political party that goes against the EU Commission to be labelled as "Far right" - then they can be vilified and marginalised. It might even go as far as ushering in the age of post democracy.

James Mates inadvertently gave the game away this evening by describing voter frustration ( and hence voting for right of centre parties ) being caused by nothing changing - whoever they vote for! A lot of folk are starting to get that.


anon 2 said...

Idiots who can't tell their left hands from their right -- Nazis were lefties anyway. And they're trying to rule us.

Anyway ... what news of the euArmy exercises on Salisbury Plain? Doubtless they're preparing to "normalize" us. Do they have greater reason to expect insurrection than they're letting on?

Anonymous said...

Far right, my arse, they even paint Le Pen as 'far right' - and she certainly: is no rightie.

It's Political Correctness, Alinskyite, Frankfurt School - call it what you will and where all others, naysayers, heterodoxy, protestants: are 'beyond the pale' and smeared and belittled, treated as subhuman, aliens even.

Thus, Socialism or, what it boils down to extreme left wing ideology is, a Dante-esque perversion of Christianity but with all the, humanity, charity, hope and goodness sucked out of it = by Marx and his tosser mate Engels.
Progressives, always seek to win and fight like ferrets in a sack for it, the moral high ground, virtue signalling "I care more than you could ever do".... is their MO and time and again people, ie the UK public fall for it, hook, line and sinker.

Pol Pot was a progressive, just an on the make violent thug who realised he could do as he pleased and who loved mass murder, so to was Hitler, Mao, Chavez, Guevara, and Corbyn is a devoted follower, fortunately he is no leader.
The EU prides itself, glories in parallels to something between Hitler, a Carolingian fantasy and the Roman era, Barroso himself referred to the Brussels slave area as, an "Empire" - that was no Freudian slip.

With every sinew straining, and to my very core, I dearly hope, that, the great British public can stick two fingers up to Brussels, Soros and Cameron. Though, I say that, I do not have much expectation of such an extraordinary happenstance and even if it (the forthcoming EU plebiscite) were close - there's always those "uncounted postal votes".

A vote, a Referendum on such a crucial issue (for the OWG and corporate blob).......Free and Banana republic - Britain? - you've just got to be fucking joking.

Game over, methinks.

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...
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Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

The "know crap all" BBC are past masters at fraudulent and misleading relativism in pursuit of delivering and varnishing the required message refocused through the progressive prism.

As a person who's spent a lot of time outside the UK watching this sort of twisting happen regularly -I perceive this as one of the defining traits of the BBC. Honest reportage? They know exactly how long it takes for the truth to get its socks on never mind boots...

Anonymous said...

I particularly enjoyed the BBC's explanation of why Hofer was "far right" - apparently it had a lot to do with wearing the wrong kind of flower in his buttonhole.

Elby the Beserk said...

Odd that the BBC NEVER mentions that the UK opposition party is a FAR LEFT party, run by Marxists and unrepentant Leninists. Or maybe not...

Woodsy42 said...

Any person or organisation that advocates a reduction in immigration is automatically termed (and marginalised) as 'far right' by the press and TPTB. It wouldn't matter if their other policies were government ownership of all business and equal pay for everyone regardless of job, immigration trumps every other indicator.

Poisonedchalice said...

Oh how strange?? A bag full of uncounted postal votes was all it took to beat Hofer by just 0.3%. Really?

And now Juncker the drunker says that he would invoke an EU law to block the democratic appointment of "populist" or "right wing" governments or presidents that had ben legitimately voted in. In any country that is!

Make of this what you will.

Coney Island.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Poisonedchalice is right.

If Hofer had been elected, Juncker and his mates would have removed him.

They've done it before, and they'll do it again.

Europe's hundred-year experiment with democracy is over.