The Rise of the Populists

There’s some sort of Brexit debate going on in Parliament. I don’t know what the outcome of it will be, but I’m convinced that it won’t result in Brexit. And it won’t result in Brexit because the British political class wants to remain in the EU. They just need to find a way of remaining in the EU in a manner that looks like Brexit.

But I don’t really think that, in the longer term, it really matters what British MPs do or do not vote for, because the entire EU “project” is on the rocks. The EU grew too big, too fast. And it became too centralised, and too remote from ordinary people. And the European political class has developed a set of values and beliefs and aspirations which are very different from those of the people they govern.

This mismatch has been most glaringly apparent in France over the past few days. Emmanuel Macron is a climate alarmist who wishes to reduce France’s dependence on oil and nuclear power, but the French people share neither his alarm nor his wish. He’s now cancelled the fuel price hikes, but the mismatch between president and people remains. He doesn’t think the same way that they do.

And much the same is true all over Europe, including the UK. An arrogant, detached, conceited political class is filled with contempt for the people they govern. They think they know better than they do what’s good for them.

And that’s why there are growing populist movements and parties springing up all over Europe. And I expect that, over the next few years, these populist parties are going to sweep away the old European political order of the past 50 years. And they’ll most likely disband the EU, and return sovereignty to European states, along with their own currencies and laws and assemblies. If the EU remains at all, it will be one which has reversed back to being something like the EEC: a collection of sovereign states. It’ll maybe be called the EA: The European Association.

And so, even if MPs vote this week to remain in the EU (while calling it Brexit), they’ll soon find that the EU has ceased to exist, and they’ll have a self-governing Britain whether they like it or not.

And sometime during this process of reversal, the smoking bans that have been enacted all over Europe will also be reversed. Because smoking bans have never been popular measures: they’ve been the work of arrogant, detached, conceited bureaucrats and zealots, who think they know what’s good for everyone else.

Smoking bans are, in many ways, the hallmark of globalism. They have been enacted globally, by a global elite political class. And the defeat of globalism must therefore also bring with it the demise of globalist smoking bans, and globalist institutions like the UN and the WHO and the like. We don’t need all these arrogant busybodies. We don’t need any of them at all.

What’s interesting about the current situation is that we currently have a populist US president. He’s regarded as an aberration, but I think that he is simply the first of many, who will appear all over the world.

I’m no great fan of Bruce Springsteen (or of any other musician’s political beliefs), but recent remarks by him seemed sober and realistic:

Bruce Springsteen believes that President Donald Trump will win a second term in the White House.

‘I don’t see anyone out there at the moment… the man who can beat Trump, or the woman who can beat Trump,’ the rocker told The Sunday Times Magazine.

Springsteen, who is a long-standing Democrat himself, said the political party doesn’t ‘have an obvious, effective presidential candidate’ who can ‘speak the same language’ as Trump.

I think Springsteen is right. There’s nobody out there who can match Trump. The only real question is: who will replace Trump once he’s gone? Who is the next populist politician who will speak up for the American people?

In the meantime, over the next few years, Trump will probably be supporting and promoting populists all over Europe. And he will be a very powerful ally of theirs.

It could be an interesting few years.

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16 Responses to The Rise of the Populists

  1. The French fuel price hikes have not been cancelled, they have been postponed for six months. Once everything has calmed down, they will be brought in again
    Just like with the UK fuel protests that seem so long ago now

  2. Dr Evil says:

    just to say I put £100 quid on Trump winning. I won £450 quid. Thank you Mr Coral. I just knew he would. He talks the common man. Now they see he does or tries to do what he says he will do. Rare in a politician coz he is not a politician. That’s another reason he won.

    • Frank Davis says:

      I put £20 on Trump to win, and won £100. But that was afew weeks before the election. I just wish I’d put money on him a year earlier, when there were much better odds.

      • Jonathan Bagley says:

        I put £1000 on Remain to win the referendum. Had they, I would have been £315 better off – some compensation for being stuck in the EU. Now I may lose twice over.

    • garyk30 says:

      A few politicians talk ‘with’ people, the rest talk ‘at’ or ‘about’ people.

  3. duncan says:

    Jim Jordan perhaps?

  4. Rhys says:

    Something weird just happened. This tweet: showed up in my timeline, it had just been twitted. I asked him what they planned to do with recalcitrant smokers, those of us who didn’t want to quit. The tweet promptly disappeared, twitter said it didn’t exist.

    And they wonder why we don’t trust these people.

    • Frank Davis says:

      Some chance!

      These people are utopian fantasists.

    • Pat Nurse says:

      A vaping enthusiast. Can’t tell the difference any more between their agenda and the professional smokerphobics in the anti smoker industry. The best way to deal with those thugs is to ignore then completely and sit back and watch as vaping becomes next on the hit list 😂😂😂

  5. Rhys says:

    It’s the utopian fantasists who wreak the most harm, Frank.

  6. waltc says:

    Dated Sunday 12/2, titled “Deal or No Deal” @Velvet Glove Iron Fist there’s some interesting debate about the fate of Brexit between Snowdon’s post and the readers’ comments. I’m interested in what you guys closer to the issue think. (Frank has a direct link to the site near the bottom of the righthand column under Blogroll.)

  7. smokingscot says:

    If you take a pile of shit and package it in a serious sounding study, it’s still a stinking pile of dung.

    Little wonder the NHS has finance problems, wasting resources in this manner.

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