What horrors, democracy triumphs

Miloš Zeman, the Czech Republic’s populist president, has been narrowly re-elected in a tense contest against a liberal challenger, marking a victory for anti-immigrant, far-right forces in the country and potentially tilting its politics in an anti-western direction.

Anti-immigrant, far right….

The outcome followed a campaign in which Zeman, who has carved out a reputation as a fierce critic of Islam, painted his opponent as weak on immigration, an issue that resonates strongly in the central European country, where opposition to the EU’s migrant quota scheme runs high.

But it does seem to be what the people want.

16 comments on “What horrors, democracy triumphs

  1. But, but, but……Joe and Jo Public are incapable of making wise decisions over the future of their society. That’s why we need an elite from another country to take control of our lives and guide our future. Honest.

  2. That’s why we’ll never be allowed to have a Populist politician (or party) who says what they feel about the bearded enriching goat-herding followers of the RoP. Too many people might do the wrong thing and actually vote for them. The horror of sending them back to the sandy shitholes they came from would cause Guardianista’s to weep. Everyone else (especially young girls near taxi ranks) would rejoice. Perhaps Bradford might actually become ‘nice’ again.

  3. I see from wikipedia that the evil far-right SPD has vile policies such as:

    “patriotism, direct democracy, defence of the national interest against the EU, tightening of immigration laws and removing support for what it describes as maladjusted groups. Their other policies include: decent living conditions for seniors; extra support for families with children; rejection of any increase in tax; direct referenda and recall legislation; and criminal responsibility of politicians.”

    Sounds awful.

  4. “… potentially tilting its politics in an anti-western direction.”

    Opposing the importation of millions of black and brown people into Europe is now anti-western? Clown world thinking.

    “The symbolism of the 73-year-old president’s victory was clear when he made a triumphant speech to supporters in Prague, flanked by Tomio Okamura, leader of the hardline anti-immigrant Freedom and Direct Democracy party (SPD), which supported his re-election campaign.”

    Tomio Okamura:

    ” Tomio Okamura is a Czech–Japanese entrepreneur, writer and politician. ”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomio_Okamura

    Obviously Zeman is a vile racist.

  5. There are no right forces, only ‘far-right forces.’

    Cause not being a Lefty is extreme. Lefty is normal.

  6. Mr Yan said:
    “Perhaps Bradford might actually become ‘nice’ again.”

    Wouldn’t it then just be full of Yorkshiremen?

  7. I don’t see that being anti-immigrant is necessarily the same as being right wing. If government makes the rules then it’s left wing. If the market, with no welfare offered by government, decides who comes in then it’s right wing.
    Imv, of course, but the media never make the distinction.

  8. I would expect if they looked a bit more closely at his opinions, and with an open mind, they would find they weren’t that far from the sorts of things Jim Callaghan believed in.

    In fact Jim Callaghan would be denounced by the loonies for quite a few things these days.

  9. “The symbolism of the 73-year-old president’s victory was clear when he made a triumphant speech to supporters in Prague, flanked by Tomio Okamura, leader of the hardline anti-immigrant Freedom and Direct Democracy party (SPD), which supported his re-election campaign.”

    I missed their coverage and similar condemnation of Corbyn at the al-Quds anti-Semitic Rally of the Loons.

  10. ” In fact Jim Callaghan would be denounced by the loonies for quite a few things these days.”

    Jim Callaghan would be called a Nazi today.

  11. Just noticed this:

    a thin but decisive margin of 51.5% to 48.5%

    51.5 to 48.5 is “decisive”, but 52 to 48 is not.

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