Monday, January 08, 2007

Euro scum,unite!

Austria's main centre-left and conservative parties have finally cobbled together a coalition government. A mere 4 months and one week since the Austrian general election. This brings to an end the highly-controversial conservative/far-right Freedom Party coalition that had governed since 2000. There can be little doubt that European politics are blighted by the vices of dodgy coalitions and the horrors of proportional representation. European politics are equally blighted by the increasing strength of the far-right it would seem. Far-right members of the European Parliament are currently preparing to join forces and establish a formal caucus in the European parliament. The group will bring together about 20 MEPs from at least six countries. As a recognised political group in the parliament, the group will get greater funding and will have a say in setting the agenda for plenary sessions. The group's leader is likely to be Bruno Gollnisch, a French National Front MEP currently awaiting a French court verdict on charges of Holocaust denial.
The leaders of Europe's far-right are, to put it mildly, a motley crew. But we would be wise not to ignore or underestimate them. For the most important factors in the rise of the far-right in Europe are the massive immigration flows into Europe and the expansive designs of the European Union. If Conservatives and the centre-right, as a whole, fail to seize the initiative on these two critical areas.... others will. The warning signs are there already.

10 comments:

Ellee said...

We get the politicians we deserve because we vote them in. I don't think we should rush the issue over our Conservative MEPs, it will be interesting to see how this group develops.

istanbultory said...

My point exactly.

CityUnslicker said...

Our conservative MEP's are a rum bunch. I hope DC can get some new good blood in there at the next election. The majority of them have gone native long ago.

istanbultory said...

Most of them are a sorry bunch. we need a lot more chaps like Daniel Hannan on side.

CityUnslicker said...

He is a lone figure. The only one I know is Nij Deva. The only nice thing I can think to say about him is that surely he will retire soon.

Voyager said...

So Grasser married Fiona Swarowski and now jumps ship as Austrian Finance Minister.........he sounds to have been a real self-serving playboy

Serf said...

Most of our MEPs are Gravy Train passengers. If we can get rid of most of them it would be a good thing.

Roger Helmer, is outstanding though, and we could do with more like him.

istanbultory said...

Fine chap is Roger Helmer

Croydonian said...

Theresa Villiers was a good MEP, but she's in Westminster now.

istanbultory said...

True enough, Croydonian.