Populism Rising, But Conservatives Keep Squandering Their Victories

The Brexit MAGA parallel.


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Boris Johnson’s landslide victory in the UK general election has marked yet another clear victory for right-wing populism at the ballot box, but will the victory be short-lived after the donor class dig their claws into the newly elected MP’s?

The first indication of the big business doner class already asserting influence over the newly elected populist government is Boris Johnson’s call for unity and healing the very clear rift between leavers and remainers. This mirrors exactly US President Donald Trump’s post-election speech in 2016 where he called for the bringing together of Republicans and Democrats after the brutal campaign. And it simply is not going to happen, despite all the compromise and pandering the conservative government will doubtless throw to their opposition. Such a statement signals the intent to reject the interests of of the most staunch supporters, as can be seen, demonstrated in the US by the hundreds of the most vocal supporters of President Trump who were completely forgotten about and banned from social media following the election.

Despite all the promises of the 2016 election, including the promise to use executive power to end birthright citizenship, Trump supporters are left with Jared Kushner’s immigration reforms and an executive order banning opposition to a foreign country. 

The establishment-backed and funded Antifa were out in force following the election clashing with police, assaulting them and calling them scum. You probably won’t be surprised to hear there were no arrests and none of the violent protesters will be facing charges. The protests will doubtless have the effect of forcing compromise that favors the ruling class.

Boris Johnson has promised to take the UK out of the EU by the end of January, but as it stands the current withdrawal agreement very much favors the EU and mass immigration. Most of the most vocal Brexit supporters would be quite happy with a no-deal Brexit, but the ruling class, the donor class will likely have other ideas now the election is finished.

If Boris can actually achieve this it would give the British public the chance to de-fund the establishment biased BBC. This would be one of the best things any government has done in a long time.


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