“The long-term worry about populism is where does the rage go when people see the populist they invested so much hope in, is not delivering?” he said.
“Better jobs, income, security – The worry is it just goes to even more extreme populists, who come up with even more implausible solutions.
Remember Nick Clegg? He was the Lib Dem leader when I stopped voting for them. Or maybe it was the Scottish guy who voted for the smoking ban, and then got caught smoking on a train. I can’t remember, to be honest. I don’t even know who the current Lib Dem leader is. Nor do I really want to know.
Because I stopped voting Lib Dem when practically every single Lib Dem in parliament voted for the smoking ban. Once they all did that, they seemed to me to have ceased to be either “liberal” or “democratic.” And I ceased to have any interest in any of them. This is the first time in about 5 years that I’ve heard Clegg talk .
The “rage”, for me at least, was rage at the smoking ban. And it still is. And the sort of populist that I want to see is the one who’ll repeal the smoking ban. Someone who smokes and drinks and laughs. Someone like Nigel Farage:
I don’t want “better jobs, income, and security.” I just want our pubs back.
But Nick Clegg can’t see that. And, what’s more, he never will see that.
Moving onto the European Union, he continued: “Of course, I very, very much hope that Marine Le Pen won’t win because I don’t believe pulling apart the eurozone or European Union is remotely the answer for the many ardent supporters who believe Marine Le Pen is going a new panacea for them.”
Ms Le Pen has extended her lead as the country’s most popular single candidate to five points, according to an ifop survey released on Thursday.
I’m sure that the attraction of Marine Le Pen for many French people is that she’s a smoker. Perhaps she likes a Pernod or two as well. She’s a French Nigel Farage, in that respect at least. And she’ll give them back their smoky little brasseries.
Nick Clegg is worried that the EU will disintegrate. And so is Martin Schulz.
THE EU could “fall apart” once Britain leaves the EU, former Brussels chief Martin Schulz has admitted.
They all seem to suddenly be worried about the future of the EU, given the upsurge of “populism.”
Who are all these “populists”? Isn’t it odd that most of these “populists” seem to be smokers? Geert Wilders is another one:
There are some 150 million smokers in the EU, most of them suffering from smoking bans of one kind or other. And they’re all enraged, and looking to fellow smokers to represent them, and they’re finding them in the likes of Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen, and Geert Wilders. And their rage will only end when they get back their pubs and brasseries and cantinas.
But Nick Clegg will never see this. Nor will Martin Schulz. They are completely incapable. They’re blind. And so are all the rest of the great and the good, as they gaze in bewilderment at the rising tide of an incomprehensible “populism.”