The Re-Emergence of Traditional Values

How astonishing:

A new populist, Eurosceptic party has achieved the remarkable feat of going from zero seats to becoming the largest single party in the Dutch Senate in a single election, as a young politician likened to a “Dutch Donald Trump” beat seasoned professionals in Wednesday’s poll.

Thierry Baudet’s Forum for Democracy party, which has gained attention for its Euroscepticism, campaigned against open borders politics and against what he calls “climate-change hysteria,” winning 86 seats across the Dutch regions. The victory put his party ahead of even the ruling mainstream conservative People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), which achieved 80 seats.

How do you go from 0 to 80 in a single election? This sort of thing seems to be happening all over Europe, with the Vox party in Spain also coming from nowhere to become a big player in Spanish politics.

I suppose that I look at European politics from the perspective of an excluded and marginalised smoker, because that’s what I am. And given a population of 500 million Europeans, and a 30% smoking prevalence, the way I see it is that there are about 150 million angry, excluded and marginalised smokers scattered all over Europe. Why should any of them have any time for a European Union which has been working since 1989 to exclude them and marginalise them. They once used to be respected members of society, but they’ve now been made pariahs.

Smoking tobacco is a 500 year old tradition. It’s part of European culture. So also is drinking alcohol. And eating meat. And countless other things.

But these days all cultural traditions are under attack. Every single one. And they’re under attack from political progressives (many of them in the European political class) whose idea of progress always seems to first entail the demolition of everything traditional. And so we have gay marriage, and you can have any sexual preference you like, as long as it isn’t traditional heterosexuality. And you can have any religion you like, except Christianity. And you can smoke more or less anything you like, except tobacco. The progressives bend over backwards to champion every sort of minority, and to actively discriminate in favour of them, while resolutely excluding and marginalising traditional culture in absolutely every respect.

And when this happens, and you have more and more people who been expelled from society for not toeing the politically correct progressive line in one way or other (and perhaps in multiple ways), and nobody speaks up for them, it is to be expected that when somebody manages to speak for them, they’ll rush to support him.

And that’s probably how Thierry Baudet’s traditionalist Forum for Democracy party became the largest political party in Holland almost overnight. He must have said something that struck a chord with a great many Dutch people, and it was something that the progressive elites  in the EU haven’t been saying, and they’ve rushed to vote for him.

After being pushed to the margins by strident progressivism, traditional values are returning in a tidal wave. People who have been shouted down, and silenced, are finding their voice again. Everything that has been suppressed is re-emerging.

Here’s Steve Turley talking about Forum for Democracy:

And here’s Baudet speaking about the EU in the Oxford Union:

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10 Responses to The Re-Emergence of Traditional Values

  1. smokingscot says:

    You’ll know the next Tobacco Control COP will be held in the Hague. In 2020.

    There’s no coincidence to this, same as Russia a couple of years back. Intent is to push for what they want. Total ban, no exceptions – and those smoking rooms in the Netherlands just piss them off.

    Naturally tobacco control in Holland have been conducting studies and the usual crap to try to get them closed, however they’ve never been able to do it legally, despite several court cases.

    Now they intend to take it to the top of the establishment and may even threaten to shift the next meeting, unless those irritating smoking rooms are closed.

    I’d suggest one shedload of Dutch, who know damned well what’ll happen to their pubs and social infrastructure, are quite happy to support any party that’s not mainstream.

    See over at Guido that Farage has accepted the top job with Brexit Party. There’s a photo of him with a cigar, taken indoors!!! Maybe Frank or Clicky can get that to work here.

  2. garyk30 says:

    “The progressives bend over backwards to champion every sort of minority, and to actively discriminate in favour of them”

    Wellll, not all minorities.
    Some minorities are better than others.
    Smokers are definitely a minority and are only good for taxing more and more.

  3. smokingscot says:

    O/T

    Could do with a bit of help here. I left a comment about them using an archive photo taken before the smoking ban (26/3/2006) and they’d omitted the impact of e cigarettes, heets and £10 a pack as contributing factors.

    And it’s been tagged as spam.

    That’s typical tobacco control and passes me off, especially as the crowd at Stirling university are headed up by Linda Bauld.

    It’s the usual bull, trying to justify their existence and funding, so feel free to tear it a new one.

    https://www.scotsman.com/news/health/health-warnings-on-plain-packaged-cigarettes-have-more-impact-1-4893954

    • waltc says:

      I posted the following. See if it stays:

      Did smokers notice them? Sure. If you put pictures of amputated diabetic limbs and toothless mouths on packages of sweets, or of tumorous colons on packages of bacon, consumers couldn’t help but “notice.” But your study proves nothing except the power of the government to deface anything it chooses with medical pornography.

      • beobrigitte says:

        Walt, your comment is (still) there. Smokingscot, yours I can’t see.

        I am trying to post my swap request of diabetic leg ulcer against the Spanish guy in ITU after his road traffic accident. My guess is that it won’t appear at all.

    • Smoking Lamp says:

      Well your comment is gone and the tobacco control activists ae now starting to swarm the comments as expected (doubts about the report must have hit a nerve!)

  4. beobrigitte says:

    But these days all cultural traditions are under attack. Every single one. And they’re under attack from political progressives (many of them in the European political class) whose idea of progress always seems to first entail the demolition of everything traditional. And so we have gay marriage, and you can have any sexual preference you like, as long as it isn’t traditional heterosexuality. And you can have any religion you like, except Christianity. And you can smoke more or less anything you like, except tobacco.
    I can live with almost (dislike shallow womanisers but deal with them myself) everyone and expect that everyone can live with me being heterosexual, Christian and a Tobacco Smoker.
    Isn’t it baffling that the political progressives scream: “TOLERANCE” but fail to live by what they want from us? How can I take them serious?

  5. Alan Deane says:

    17 Million F*ck Offs is Number One right now!

  6. RdM says:

    The new euroskeptic and CAGW skeptic party has its work cut out for them.
    https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/dutch-govt-to-start-turning-off-gas-supply-to-households/

    “Will Britain be next?”

    “Despite the cautions about the process, Milieudefensie is hopeful about the switch to gas-free. Research by the Dutch Climate Agency shows that most citizens want to get rid of natural gas, so it is hoped that people will be keen for the sustainable move. “

    Gosh, where have we heard language like that before … ?
    Further from the article, after the Holland Times quote above,

    We have already followed the Dutch by announcing the ban on gas boilers in new houses, albeit to take effect from 2025. However, at current house build rates, this will make little difference to domestic gas consumption for decades to come.

    To meet decarbonisation targets, the UK government will have little choice but to follow the Dutch example and either cut off gas supplies to whole districts, ban the sale of gas boilers and cookers or tax gas out of existence.

    The Dutch propose to cut off gas to 200,000 homes a year by 2022, a number that would be equivalent to about 800,000 here.

    And, of course, the implications are huge. The unlucky householders affected will need to find maybe £10000 or more, simply to replace their boilers with non-gas alternatives. They will then be faced with much higher energy bills as well, thanks to the fact that electricity is more expensive than gas. [Electricity prices are about double those of gas in the Netherlands, according to the EU. However, about half of the gas price is made up of taxes. Whether consumers or government stand the cost of the switch from gas remains to be seen]

    Moreover, electricity prices will continue to rise in future, as the grid switches to more renewable sources.

    As even Milieudefensie, the Dutch branch of Friends of the Earth, admit, the costs are real and cannot be ignored. It seems certain that government will have to provide some funding, given that the costs are unevenly distributed and hit those with lower incomes the most. But as they also accept, the bill is simply too huge for the government to bear.

    If we translate into UK terms, to convert all of the homes on the gas grid, in the region of 25m, would cost £250 billion, at £10,000 a time.

    It is interesting, by the way, to note that about half of the article is devoted to what Milieudefensie had to say, as if their contribution was at all relevant.

    Read it all at the link above.

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