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Far Right Yet Again.

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If there is one constant in politics from the 1930s, it is how we all (and I include myself) tend to underestimate the Far Right.

We often think “how can anyone vote for those xenophobic cranks ?” or “who would trust those dressed up knuckle scrapers ?”, yet people do and the appalling results from Austria bear that out, the Indy reports:

“The Freedom Party, led by Heinz-Christian Strache, gained more than 18 per cent of the vote – nearly doubling its share of support – after running a vitriolic campaign against “foreign criminals” and “asylum cheats” and pledging to take Austria out of the EU.

A second right-wing party, the Alliance for the Future of Austria, headed by the veteran far-right populist Jörg Haider upped its support from 4 to 11.5 per cent. A spokesman for Mr Haider’s party described the result as a ” historic success” yesterday. “It will completely change the political landscape in Austria,” he said.

A triumphant Mr Haider went on Austrian television last night and insisted that both right-wing parties should now work together. “Voters now expect us to do something for Austria. They do not want us steeped in animosity and fighting each other,” he said. Mr Haider broke with the Freedom Party in 2005 after a row and subsequently formed his breakaway Alliance.

The combined vote of both rightist parties equalled that obtained by Austria’s Social Democrats, who picked up just over 29 per cent of the vote. The conservatives won some 26 per cent. However, final results are not expected to be known until the beginning of October, after postal ballots have all been counted. “

Written by modernityblog

29/09/2008 at 01:34

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  1. one of the newly elected mps of the “Alliance for the Future of Austria” is the former SPÖ-member and trade unionist Klaus Kotschnig who participated some months ago in the talks about a joint electoral list of the radical left but dropped out, after he discovered, that this list (mainly the austrian clones of SP/Militant & Workers Power + an orthodox splinter of the CP and some Turkish maoists) was much too rrrrradical for him


    29/09/2008 at 14:16

  2. The pattern I see is that Euros support these nutjob parties when polite society ban the frank discussion of immigration. By and by a nutjob will say something totally vicious or loony, and the people will back away from them


    29/09/2008 at 21:50

  3. My last comment, modernity, was a way to remind you that I’m still keeping an eye on this site. You still got about ten weeks left on Mesquito Probation.


    29/09/2008 at 21:51

  4. entdinglichung,



    best remove me now 🙂

    whilst I am sure that a sociologist might find that explanation useful, it is hardly much good in explaining the rise of Far Right parties world wide, as many of those countries DID have “frank discussion of immigration.” which only played into the fascists’ hands


    30/09/2008 at 00:40

  5. Possibly. It was the best I could think of, till I ‘fessed up with the second post.

    Mesquito visited The Old Country in 1987 and was asked if he burned crosses in people’s yards. He visited a few years later and saw grafitti everwhere saying “Norway for Norwegians.”


    30/09/2008 at 01:58

  6. according to an article by the comrades of the RSO, among a large number of members of the SPÖ and its trade union faction FSG, the FPÖ and BZÖ are the preferred partners for a future government coalition


    30/09/2008 at 12:40

  7. Europe is going places. Different places, to be sure.


    04/10/2008 at 14:06

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