|On the March in Europe||Antony Milne reports that nationalist parties have the mainstream parties on the run|
The success of Jean-Marie Le Pen in beating the incumbent French Prime Minister in the first round of the French presidential election was a momentous event - even if Le Pen lost the final round against Chirac with massive media forces mobilised in the latter's support. At last, the totalitarian multi-cultural world-view of European politicians looks like it is crumbling into dust. No matter what happens in the future, in European politics the Right cannot now be silenced. The mould has been broken!
Mainstream European politicians have every reason to fear for their futures. Their policies have been little short of disastrous. Most of European great cities such as London, Paris, Rotterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Vienna - you name it (even apparently Reykjavik in Iceland), are penetrated with immigrants on a scale that in most cases has meant they have either become the racial majority or are on the way to doing so. There can be no earthly economic reason for allowing this to happen on such a massive scale in such a short space of time (many cities have been transformed in only the last 20 years). Western Europe has long had the highest population densities in the world, and this has adversely affected the quality of life.
Immigration and the cultural identity of Europe was something the politicians thought they could prevent people talking about. Like their communist cadres in the east, they got the media to do their dirty work for them. They passed anti-racist laws (these very acts hinting that social problems were emerging), and got the media to use the words xenophobia and racism as often as possible, to intimidate people into keeping silent about immigration.
To a large extent, they succeeded. The British media, in particular, should never be forgiven for this gross abuse of power, even if they claimed to be doing it for high-minded purposes.
Vast numbers of British folk in London, not all of them elderly, who have recent memories of an all-white city, go about their daily lives saying nothing at all about the fantastic changes they see all around them for fear of being branded racist.
Self destructive madness
Multi-racialism is not a theory in a book, but a stark-staring reality verging on self-destructive madness that you can't escape from any day of your life, even when you turn on the television, read the papers or walk down the street. The final shock is to go to a local council meeting and find many of the councillors are Black or Asian. In other words, the local authorities comprise many people who have no cultural or historical links with the area they represent (this nuttiness must be unique to Britain).
It is not as if the post-war prosperity of Britain was bought about by the politicians themselves, and therefore they had a right to trade multi-culturalism off for increasing affluence - as if we could not have the latter without the former.
It is now getting sinister. Apart from anything else, the anger of Europe becoming a series of massively overcrowded failed states with no law or order to speak of, with mafia gangs rampantly smuggling hundreds of thousands more immigrants into the continent through the back door every year, portends the collapse of the very liberal order that those on the Left are so desperate to protect. The so-called Russian mafia are leaving Russia and coming over here, along with the Triads and all the rest. Europe faces total moral, legal and racial breakdown. No one - black, brown or white, will benefit from that.
The rise in violence and disorder is now spreading from the immigrant areas. If the British are increasingly deprived of their identity, they won't behave like civilised people any more. If they see Blacks using guns in their own turf wars, they might start using guns themselves.
Now that the subject of immigration is out in the open there is no way any political party can avoid talking about it. It will dominate the political agenda for the coming years because the immigrants are not suddenly about to go home and even a Le Pen-like president in a country like France would not be able to prevent some getting in.
Multi-culturalism - essentially a unilateral policy not adopted by other civilisations - will continue to cause trouble for Europe. The international institutions that support a globalised economy, with all kinds of treaties and human rights laws that allow illegal immigrants to live unhindered in Europe, will prevent much being done about immigration in the short term. However, under pressure from the growing influence of nationalist and some left-wing parties the EU and the single currency are likely to break up. This is because Le Pen's line on France's victimisation is not very far psychologically from the vision of reality that other sovereignty-oriented parties hold up when they insist that the powers of globalisation, capitalism or the United States are at the source of French problems. To a large extent, these reflexes are mirrored in other European countries.
This political cross-dressing will only increase social tensions in Europe, and could well lead to the unravelling of global treaties, which are already under siege from the anti-globalist demonstrators.
Sprouting almost everywhere
In the meantime the Right, in conjunction with the centre-right, is on the march. One party forging ahead is the Vlaams Blok in Belgium. The Progress Party in Norway of Carl Hagen, now the country's second biggest party, conducted an anti-immigration campaign, and in 2001 joined the right-wing coalition in which it holds the balance of power. In Switzerland the Swiss People's Party under Christoph Blocker won 23 percent of the vote in last October's general election. José Manuel Barroso of Spain recently led his Popular Party to victory into a right-wing coalition. In Italy the anti-immigration Northern League is a member of Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia coalition, as is the post-fascist Alianza Nazionale. In Denmark the Danish People's Party doubled its seats in last November's election, becoming the third largest party.
In Austria Jörg Haider's Freedom party in 1999 helped form a right-wing coalition government. Although Haider's appeal has been on the wane recently, the recent success of Le Pen has inspired him to make a come-back into politics. In Germany the Law and Order Offensive, under Ronald Schill, a tough lawyer dubbed Judge Merciless, secured 20 per cent of the vote in Hamburg elections last September. Finally, there is Britain's BNP, which won three local government seats last month, though it is not yet ready to win at parliamentary election level because the first-past-the-post system actively works against small parties making a breakthrough. It's time will come.
The coalition rightist parties are not right enough to halt immigration completely, but they are bound to tighten up a little, and at least they appreciate now the electoral significance of the immigration issue. From now on, there will be competition among centre-right parties to get tougher on law and order and asylum, and this is bound to affect the mood of European politics.