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OH VIENNA…

By ATWadmin On September 29th, 2008

Interesting to read that there has been some seismic electoral results in Austria.

The two parties that campaigned on an anti-immigrant and anti-European Union
ticket have captured about 29 per cent of the vote, pushing the country’s
traditional conservative party into third place. Heinz-Christian Strache and his Freedom Party, who were accused of xenophobia
and waging an anti-Muslim campaign, won 18 per cent — a rise of 7 per cent
compared with the last elections. Mr Strache’s former mentor, Jörg Haider,
won 11 per cent of the vote with his new party, the Alliance for the Future
of Austria. The mainstream parties recorded their lowest share of the vote since the
Second World War, with the Social Democrats dropping 7 per cent to 29.7 per
cent, while the conservative People’s Party won 25.6 per cent of the vote —
a decline of 9 per cent compared with 2006.

It is fascinating to see the European electorate slowly waken up to the existential threat posed by Islam, even as the political elite go into denial. I am not sure why it is xenophobic to express objection to the toxin of unassimilated Islam being injected into one’s society. I believe other European nations have similar groundswells of popular opinion and how this can be contained by the Euro-dhimmi class should prove interesting to watch! Today Vienna – but it’s on a roll.

18 Responses to “OH VIENNA…”

  1. This was probably an anti-EU vote as much as anything. Like every other EU member except Ireland, Austria ratified the new federalist constitution without bothering to consult the people in a referendum. So this election was the first chance the voters had to register their opposition.

  2. David –

    The Today Programme provided a few rare moments of joy this morning, consisting mainly of presenters gagging over the item.

    It was this that demonstrates just how skewed to the Left politics has become. Both the Freedom AND Alliance Parties are centre-right; they are patriotic, advocate self-government and government explicitly for Austrians.

    Thus, according to the the Today Programme, these parties are ‘far-right’ and ‘right-wing extremists’. What utter piffle, yet what a triumph for the Gramscians that concepts mankind has known always, concepts plainly of the politicial centre, are described in such a way by the BBC.

    The online piece is up to it also –

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7639805.stm

    So the Galloways and Benns, the unreconstructed Stalinists Straw and Miliband and Clarke, the Marxists Miliband and Harman, the Fabians Brown and Balls, all get a free pass for their extremism from the state broadcaster. But dare to asset self-governence and patriotism and you are a far-right extremist.

  3. There does appear to be a trend in the West for the right to win elections of late. The US will, I believe, buck the trend but the Austrian results follows the routing of the left in Italy a few months ago, and preceds likely big wins for the right in Canada and New Zealand. At the moment the UK is the only G& nation with a left wing government and Labour consider it a good poll when they are only ten points behind.

  4. There has been a very similar result in the Bavarian state election, also yesterday:

    "Bavaria’s ruling conservatives, the Christian Social Union, have suffered huge losses in polls, losing their absolute majority, final results show. The CSU got just 43.4% in the state election – its worst result since 1954.

    The result is seen as a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose Christian Democrats (CDU) are allies with the CSU nationally. Two centre-right rivals made gains in Bavaria – the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Free Voters. The CSU has enjoyed an absolute majority in Bavaria for 46 years.

    The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), partners in Chancellor Merkel’s "grand coalition", failed to capitalise on the CSU’s loss of support in Bavaria. The SPD slumped to 18.6% – down from 19.6% in 2003."

  5. If the concerns of ordinary voters are ignored they will shop around for a party that will listen. In the EU version of democracy it’s the voters who must change not the parties.

    The European Commission are going on tour in Ireland as a "listening exercise" following our referendum. They don’t want to listen to the result mind you.

    They want to hear how it can be overturned.

  6. It’s amazing how eager Rightworld is to ignore
    antisemitism and apologia for old and new Nazis when the brutes are from their own stable and turn their hate against Muslims.

    >>There has been a very similar result in the Bavarian state election, also yesterday:<<

    Peter, the Bavarian result was anything but similar – it was if anything a shift to the left. And according to usages both here and there the FDP are liberals, i.e. communists!

  7. Noel

    The Bavarian result was a rejection of the two main parties, just as in Austria.

    Do you think that the EU constitution would be passed in a referendum in Austria or Germany?

  8. >>The Bavarian result was a rejection of the two main parties, just as in Austria.<<

    Perhaps, but the only swing was away from the right-wing CSU towards the middle. The Free Voters (who made the biggest gain) campaigned very much on a platform of social justice; the Liberals (FDP) are seen as more competent in economic matters.
    As far as I know Lisbon wasn’t an issue in Bavaria, as it generally isn’t anywhere in Germany.

    It isn’t very popular in Austria; but was this a feature of this election campaign?

  9. "And according to usages both here and there the FDP are liberals, i.e. communists!"

    They are ‘right liberals’ of the kind I would probably vote for if they existed in the UK, more like Ireland’s "Progressive Democrats" than the UK’s "Liberal Democrats". Very big on getting the state out of people’s lives in both economic and social terms.

    The Freedom Party of Austria was quite dodgy under Jorg Haider but he has since left the party and founded his own new party, the BZO.

  10. >>And according to usages both here and there the FDP are liberals, i.e. communists!"

    They are ‘right liberals’ of the kind I would probably vote for if they existed in the UK,<<

    This actually illustrates just how much American and European politics are worlds apart on practically everything but the economy.

    The FDP is probably the most progressive party in Germany on social issues, very much favouring further liberalisation of abortion and marriage laws. Its leader is openly gay and very much the chamption of pro-gay legislation (including equal marriage, adoption and inheritance rights).
    Its general secretary writes an advice column for a soft porn mag on employee rights, etc!
    Its deputy to the European Parliament lives with her partner (an Irishman!) in Brussels, has a child by him and was photographed with pregnant belly nude for a popular magazine.

    The party was very strong against the Iraq war, etc. It is a vocal critic of the Bush adm. on many things, including Guantanamo Bay and the death penalty in the US. It has strong links to amnesty international.

    It also very much favours liberalising immigration laws, being consistent in its belief in the free market.

    I am pleased to hear you’d support it, Ross.

    >>The Freedom Party of Austria was quite dodgy under Jorg Haider but he has since left the party and founded his own new party, the BZO.<<

    That’s just it! – the BZO is one of the parties whose success is being hailed (perhaps "heiled?) here!

    Besides, Strache, the new leader of the "Freedom Party", is actually much closer to Neo-Nazis than even Haider and has compromised himself with them many times.

    Any politician in Germany who uttered a fraction of what these two boors said about the Nazis and Jews etc. would be unelectable. They pull in the votes in Austria because. unlike Germany, that country has never confronted its Nazi past and gets a free ride in this regard from the rest of the world.

  11. Noel,

    I agree absolutely re the Austrian election and Strache. He holds extremely dubious views.

    A German friend of mine is a member of the FDP – his views would be pretty "liberal" (i.e. left) on social issues and "liberal" (i.e. right) on economic issues.

  12. They pull in the votes in Austria because. unlike Germany, that country has never confronted its Nazi past and gets a free ride in this regard from the rest of the world.

    Agreed. Austria still regards itself as a victim of Hitler rather than his willing collaborator. One reason why The Sound of Music was not popular in the country where it is set.

  13. "That’s just it! – the BZO is one of the parties whose success is being hailed "

    Yes, I didn’t notice that on first reading it.

    The Freedom Party’s platform is fairly reasonable and not neo-Nazi, even if their leader appears to have once had neo-nazi associations. His past would be enough to prevent me from touching his party with a bargepole but it doesn’t mean that the people who voted for them are expressing sympathy for that viewpoint.

  14. "I am pleased to hear you’d support it, Ross."

    I don’t approve of their foreign policy or immigration policy, but the rest of their domestic policy seems perfectly reasonable.

  15. On the subject of Austrians, conservatism and liberalism, F.A. Hayek’s classic essay on the subject is worth reading.

  16. And let’s not forget that Arnie was also born there!

  17. They should have kept the Habsburgs!

  18. Bloody hell:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7664846.stm
    Jorg Haider killed in a car crash.