Populism in Europe is thriving. Forget the notion that new parties will always lie on the fringes. The populist Dutch FvD gained the most number of new seats in the upper house after only 2 years in existence. The Italian 5 Star Movement is less than 10 years old and has a PM leading the country. Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is but 4 months old and look at the results.
A YouGov poll released yesterday ahead of the May 23rd European elections revealed the following:
The Brexit Party: 27%
The Labour Party: 22%
The Conservative Party: 15%
This is what happens when the population feels betrayed by the longest running parliamentary democracy in history. To think the Tories have been around since 1834. Mrs May has all but killed it.
This is what happens when politicians bury their judgement and allow incompetence to flourish. A self inflicted wound. Even if Farage doesn’t end up contesting the European elections, the UK elections should see a very strong result for The Brexit Party.
Note social media following on Twitter (taking into account the infancy of the Brexit Party):
The Brexit Party: 91,000
The Labour Party: 669,000
The Conservative Party: 372,000
Nigel Farage: 1,200,000
Jeremy Corbyn: 1,900,000
Theresa May: 826,300
Gerard Batten: 53,100
The Brexit Party: 66,200
The Labour Party: 1,034,000
The Conservative Party: 652,000
Nigel Farage: 830,000
Jeremy Corbyn: 1,425,000
Theresa May: 516,000
Gerard Batten: 734
In 4 months that is solid progress. Voter anger will only grow with the dithering in the Commons. Expect Brexit Party social media and polling figures to continue to surge.