Sunday, 15 October 2017

Exit polls: Austria swings to the right

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First exit polls in Austria: the centre right People’s Party 31%, the right wing Freedom Party 29% and the ruling Social Democrats: 25%.

I am pleased that the far left Greens did badly on 4.9%. They are a dangerous party. Sadly, they will pass the 4% threshold and have seats in Parliament. The President, of course, is Green.


In 1683 at the Battle of Vienna Europe was saved from attack by the Turks and this proved a decisive turning point in history, the beginning of a very long retreat that continued to the 1920s. 

Popes and European leaders in 1683, of course, were made of different stuff.

On the social media I see many people are alarmed by the news, especially Americans who read liberal papers. So, predictably, is the Financial Times which is very globalist and very pro-immigration but so too is the Daily Telegraph and even the Daily Mail. I think they should learn that evil morphs, that Islamists are not fascists exactly (I know many people who insist that they are) but much closer to the threat posed by Hitler than the people who want to stop Europe taking refugees.

It seems that nowadays Nazi analogies must be deployed in almost every argument and when it comes to an Austrian right-wing (though democratic) party, founded in 1955 by two people who had been in the SS, that's very natural. But Nazis analogies can be used in more ways than one.

Some Jewish friends of mine are afraid of the Freedom Party. Others are afraid not of the anti-immigration parties but of the islamification of Europe. 

Lord Weidenfeld was of the latter view. He was a Viennese Jew who came to England following the Anschluss in 1938. In an interview he gave on BBC Radio 4 shortly before he died said that if things became hard for them as a result of anti-Semitism "Jews could go to Israel but...the rest?" and that the people of Europe might be stuck with "millions of not-so-friendly people".

Footnote: the Greens, fortunately, suffered a crashing defeat and will not have seats in Parliament.

7 comments:

  1. Weidenfeld was 100% right. Although Jewish, the charity he founded a few years before his death was for Christian beneficiaries, getting Christians out of Iraq, Syria and Pakistan to new homes in Eastern Europe.

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  2. Islamists are not fascists exactly (I know many people who insist that they are) but much closer to the threat posed by Hitler than the people who want to stop Europe taking refugees."

    So you're saying that someone who believed in European world supremacy is as much of a threat to Europe as millions of Muslims who want to turn the continent into an extension of the Islamic world? If the Austrian chap had had his way, the combined Muslim population of France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Sweden would today be zero.

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  3. The Telegraph and Daily Mail are globalist? Who does that leave to read, Breitbart?

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    1. A genuinely conservative paper would not have liberal charlatans like Tim Stanley writing for them. This is a man who thinks blacks are poor because of "racism" and uses the term "war on women" unironically. He could just as well be writing for the Guardian. The Mail prints an endless stream of pro-gay, pro-feminist articles. How anyone thinks they are still right-wing papers I don't know.

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  4. Newton's 3rd law; the more something is pushed via propaganda, brute force, or any other means, there will be a reaction in kind. I often wondered about the Nazi years across much of Europe. One can say they were also a reaction to previous excesses. What will it be this time? For now, the reaction is controlled, but if the markets flounder and people get poor, one can never tell. Yes, Islamification is much more to be feared I think, both as far as immediate outcome as well as long term reaction to it.

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    1. Yes, Islamification is much more to be feared I think, both as far as immediate outcome as well as long term reaction to it.

      It's liberalism that we need to fear. Liberalism is the root cause of all the West's problems. The West (and eastern Europe as well) is under threat because our society has been gutted by liberalism. Anything that helps to destroy liberalism is a good thing in the long run. No society can survive liberalism.

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    2. Yes of course with your watch list of torture porn and low brow low grade horror you would say that wouldn't you? what's the matter parents not let you torture enough cats? Too many girls said no to you at the last minute because you were a bit too weird?
      Hannah H

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