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‘Populist Wave’ my arse




Australia’s Election Did Not Involve a ‘Populist Wave’

By Douglas Murray

Regular readers will know that I am not a fan of the term ‘populism’.  Over the last three years the term has been turned into one more way to insult the decisions made by the general public in country after country.

In Britain, the “Brexit” vote was derided as a “populist” vote.  The U.S. election of 2016 have repeatedly been described as a victory for “populism.” And in Europe, every time anybody on the political right looks set to achieve any electoral success, this is whipped up as being yet another victory for this amorphous, ill-defined but unarguably dark force.

This has rarely been made clearer than in the New York Times coverage of the results of last week’s Australian elections. This was not a contest between Matteo Salvini and the Left. It was not even a debate about sovereignty. It was merely an election — of the kind Australia tends to have — between a party to the left of center, and one slightly to the right. But the New York Times managed to write it up as follows: “Scott Morrison, Australia’s conservative prime minister, scored a surprise victory in federal elections on Saturday, propelled by a populist wave.

Over the last two years it has come to be used as a synonym for “things I personally do not like” and “unpalatable people.” Why is President Macron never described as a populist? He broke the traditional party structures in France, ran a one-man campaign, and had to put together candidates for his party only after he had already secured the presidency. Many of the old definitions of ‘populism’ fit Macron perfectly. But of course he has the “correct” views on a range of international institutions, primarily the EU, which mean that the term doesn’t get used of him.

So while President Macron was not propelled by a “populist wave,” Scott Morrison apparently was. Is there any point in pretending that the term “populism” is now anything more than a way to put scare-quotes around any electoral victory for anybody who happens to be of the political right?


  1. Populism
    white supremacy

    All terms designed to make the dissenters tow the line, become benign beings. We are being manipulated to become compliant. The plan is well underway. Love comrades, kindness will lead the way, just follow us into the light.



  2. It’s also how journalists interview people. If they’re right wing, the article will always include the fact that they’re right wing. If they’re left wing, it’s a pretty rare article that makes mention of that fact.

    It biases like these you have to take notice of. Populism is just another in a long list of buzzwords the Left like to use to denigrate opposition.



  3. Let’s be very clear, this is nothing to do with popularist wave, it was all to do with shifty shorten getting way ahead of himself. Gave no costings to his crazy climate policies, told workers in paper thin marginal electorates their jobs were going in the dustbin, sent out the transition arrangements before the poles closed.
    You have to piss yourself laughing, when you have a 100 seat margin and you tell the electorate your main industry is going to be trashed.
    The public particularly in coal Ming areas just blew the bullshit metre and despatched him to the political dustbin, and good riddance.
    The most telling piece of election footage, when two workers in a row refused to shake the hand of the leader of the working mans party.
    Only great shame is Albo looks like getting the nod, Tanya would have led them further left into oblivion, great shame Albo can more than likely pull them from the brink.
    This what happens when Labor jumps into bed with the greens to retain power at any cost.
    On a lighter note, the Australian public have really warmed to ScoMos wife, reason, she is a natural down to earth person, no designer clothes, no dressed up dolly bird. What you see is real.
    The lefty lovies are going to whine like a stuffed diff for any moons.



  4. I find Douglas Murray very coherent and presents a lot better than Tommy Robinson, who presents as a bit of a mutt.
    A Mutt who should be enabled free speech but Robinson’s style is more cultist.
    Plus, always be wary of a bloke who changes his name.

    Murray presents well and so far has not had the massive hate thrown at the likes of Jordan Peterson.
    His book is powerful and quite a smart move.
    Get it all down in writing then get on TV debates to further the cause.

    At least, at this stage, the not very great Britain Govt can’t exclude him like the Canadians.

    His flagship book :
    85% five star rating on Amazon

    Number 1 seller on The Times best seller list with this review:-
    “Every so often, something is published which slices through the fog of confusion, obfuscation and the sheer dishonesty of public debate to illuminate one key fact about the world. Such a work is Douglas Murray’s tremendous and shattering book, The Strange Death of Europe.” – Melanie Phillips, The Times”

    Synopsis from here to the end:-
    “The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth-rates, mass immigration and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive change as a society. This book is not only an analysis of demographic and political realities, but also an eyewitness account of a continent in self-destruct mode. It includes reporting from across the entire continent, from the places where migrants land to the places they end up, from the people who appear to welcome them in to the places which cannot accept them.

    Told from this first-hand perspective, and backed with impressive research and evidence, the book addresses the disappointing failure of multiculturalism, Angela Merkel’s U-turn on migration, the lack of repatriation and the Western fixation on guilt.”



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