Shockwaves across Europe as far-right party wins Austrian election

Shockwaves across Europe as far-right party wins Austrian election, by Katie Mansfield.

Norbert Hofer, the candidate for Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ), won 36.4 per cent of the vote, and will face an independent candidate in the final vote next month. …

Hofer, who has run an anti-immigrant and anti-Europe campaign will now go head-to-head with environmentalist and pro-refugee Alexander van der Bellen on May 22 for the president post, which is largely a ceremonial role.

The result, if confirmed in the next round, means that for the first time since 1945, Austria will not have a president backed by either the left leaning SPÖ or the conservative ÖVP.

The major “centrist” parties are losing credibility and support, right across the Western world, in what might be regarded as a consequence of the rise of political correctness:

  • Opponents of political correctness are reluctant to vote for the established “right” party, because it is too cuckservative — conservative in name, but cuckolded into implementing politically correct policies by the media and bureaucracy. Merely the PC-lite party.
  • Supporters of political correctness are in a virtue competition with fellow lefties. Pragmatic and sensible polices of the major left party just aren’t leftist and virtuous enough for the more ambitiously virtuous.

In the US Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are ascendant, to the surprise and dismay of the political establishment. In Australia the Greens are flourishing, and many conservatives are considering not voting for the Liberal Party but maybe the ALA instead.

hat-tip Stephen Neil