Thursday, 26 May 2011
No word is as expressive of contempt Europe's governing elites (in the worlds of politics and journalism) feel for their own people as "populist". Confronted with the rise of Counterjihad parties around the continent, our rulers have struggled to find an appropriate pejorative term to describe this new challenge to their authority. Ye old standbys "Nazi", "racist", "far-right" were thrown around at first; but their incongruity quickly became apparent faced with parties that support gay rights, freedom of speech, Jews and Israel. "Populist" is the answer our elites have stumbled upon. Having first come into widespread use on the continent, it is now regularly employed in the columns of the Guardian.

Let's look at the Oxford English Dictionary's definition of the word 'populist':

One who seeks to represent the views of the mass of ordinary people.

So our elites think that there is some moral taint attached to seeking to represent the views of the mass of ordinary people. To use the word 'populist' in an electoral context is to confess a contempt for democracy.

I'm going to compile a list here of notable uses of this term by members of the Establishment. I will add to it over time:

"If normal politicians from normal parties – I am not talking about extremist parties – carry out a populist agenda by blaming everything bad on migrants, we are in a very dangerous situation."

Ms. Malström added that we have seen in the past what this can lead to in Europe.

Cecilia Malström, European Commissioner for Migration


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