Friday, May 23, 2014

European Elections

The polls continue to show the Front National in the lead:
Il en est de même pour les intentions de vote : la hiérarchie entre les six listes principales est restée à peu près stable. Depuis dix jours, le Front national est crédité du meilleur score et se maintient en tête, avec 24 %, dans la dernière enquête du 22 mai. Il est particulièrement présent chez les moins de 35 ans (30 %), chez les employés (32,5 %) et surtout les ouvriers (51 %), chez les électeurs ayant un niveau d’études inférieur au bac (40 %) et dans les petites villes de moins de 20 000 habitants (34 %).
The strong showing of the FN among the young is the most worrisome of these figures. This suggests that the party is here to stay and will therefore inevitably shape the evolution of the broader right wing of the political spectrum. The majority support of workers for the FN also suggests that "right" and "left" are terms that can no longer be used in their traditional sense.

1 comment:

Mitch Guthman said...

I think that much of the answer to the rise of these extreme rightwing parties is to be found in the analysis by Luc Boltanski and Arnaud Esquerre. If you are poor or middle class, the neoliberal orthodoxy condemns you and your children to a bleak race to the bottom. And the political parties of the left simply say that it's a neoliberal world and there's nothing to be done about it.

I think the English election is a harbinger. I know one person from the center who defected from the LibDems and two dyed-in-the-wool Labourites who voted UKIP. For my two Labourites friends, it was a simple binary choice: They are educated, middle class professionals. They don't want to be poor. They don't want their children to be poor. Labour offered them not the slightest hope, so they both held their noses and voted UKIP.

For the vast majority of people, this is the stark choice that they will increasingly face. They can either accept that they're screwed and learn to like it or they can join the party that offers them hope even as they are repulsed by that party's trolls and monsters.