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Tuesday 24 May 2016

Breitbart Austria Paranoia

Observers of mainland European politics were given a fright at the weekend, as Austria’s Presidential election looked as if it might be won by the Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer. The Freedom Party is regarded as well to the right, and had Hofer won, it would have been  a significant step in the march of the populist right. He had led right up to the counting of postal ballots. And then his lead evaporated.
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Hofer lost to Alexander van der Bellen, nominally an Independent candidate, but a former leader of the Greens in Austria, by just 50.2% to 49.8%. How far to the right was Hofer? Well, the BBC has reported thatMr Hofer had been photographed sporting the German colours of the nationalist Marko-Germania student fraternity, which stands for ‘the German cultural community’ and bears the slogan ‘Honour, Freedom, Fatherland’ … At his swearing-in as Freedom Party candidate, Mr Hofer wore a cornflower in his lapel, which was a Nazi symbol in the 1930s”. That far to the right.

So when the final result was declared, there was a general feeling of relief among most commentators, but at the batshit collective otherwise known as Breitbart London, there was only dismay. This, after all, is the group blog that has unequivocally backed Nigel “Thirsty” Farage and UKIP in the UK, and Donald Trump in the USA.

The wailing and gnashing of teeth was led by James “saviour of Western civilisation” Delingpole, who told anyone prepared to listen that “The Austrian presidential election result has been a triumph for the cause of extremism in Europe”. Wait, what? He means it: “We were continually assured by the left-liberal media how awful it would be if the (supposed) ‘far-right’ candidate Norbert Hofer won … But actually the victory of Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen - on, likely, a rigged ballot - is far, far worse”.

Would Sir care to justify that claim? Del Boy goes further, and adds an Islamophobic smear: “postal votes as we know - especially from the experience of Muslim-dominated constituencies in the UK - are prone to rampant fraud”. And how did that fraud manifest itself in Austria? “In some areas there was a remarkable 146.9 percent voter turnout”.

Sadly, Delingpole’s source is the Kronen Zeitung, a populist paper which has a track record of dodgy claims. And it was one area, where there had been an error recording vote percentages (Kronen Zeitung supported Kurt Waldheim in his bid for the Austrian Presidency. Waldheim’s past as an officer in the Wehrmacht was revealed in the 1980s).

But Delingpole isn’t interested in such trifles - he knows what it all means: “This stinks of a stitch up by the bien-pensant elite in unholy alliance with the immigrant bloc vote. As with the EU, so it is increasingly in national elections: the social democratic ruling class refuses to listen to the people … This cannot end happily. Indeed, it was under similar circumstances in the 1930s that another Austrian-born citizen, considerably more ‘far-right’ than Norbert Hofer, began his rise to power”. Twitchy right arm time, folks.

And then he goes totally gaga: “Voting Green today is the equivalent of voting for the Communists in the 1950s or the Nazis and Fascists in the 1930s”. Yes, just because Del Boy isn’t paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not coming to get him. Wibble.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Beitfart aren't on their own with this kind of Look Over There shit of course.

Mainstream "journalists" and "presenters" can be much, much worse.

On yesterday's C4 News the appalling far right propagandist Hilsum had a piece on suicide bombings of Syrian government held areas in which hundreds of innocents were killed. Not being there (as is her wont these days, particularly Yemen which hardly gets a mention of Saudi massacres of Houthis courtesy of British weapons of mass destruction) meant she had to "comment" in the studio. Unbelievably, the disgusting woman turned it into a propaganda diatribe against the Russians. By the end of the slanted muck you could be forgiven for thinking the Syrians had it coming, or even that the Russians caused it. Even by her "standards" it was as bad as it could be without tripping over into outright lying.

Now it isn't necessary to be a supporter of Russian involvement in the Middle East to want to vomit at this kind of garbage. After all, if you want to get factual about it, the Russians have so far not committed anything like the massacres of hundreds of thousands of innocents - let alone the destruction of Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria societies. Not that that worries disgusting mouthpieces like Hilsum and co.

So if you want to see where Breitfart and the other ranting righties get their "inspiration" look no further than daily "newscasts" on much more important matters. Even my children call them Daily Lies.

The whole twisting of "arguments" in the European referendum is merely following precedent. Which is why I am unsurprised at the behaviour of Cameron and the opposing Little Englanders. It's altogether like the American Civil War......one side fought for the "freedom" to keep slavery, the other side fought for the "freedom" to keep slavery within the Union.

In the end I believe people will vote to stay in. But they'll still need to get rid of the bankers and crooks like La Garde and Deutsche Bank who have completely disfigured the original purpose of the European Union.

Breitfart?......Just that - a fart in a gale.