Beware the fury of a patient man

By Claire Fox | 10 June 2014
  • Claire Fox

The reaction to the success of a range of anti-EU parties from France to Greece, and most particularly to UKIP’s rise, has revealed some disturbing fault lines among the political elite in relation to its ambivalent attitude to democracy.

Take the hand-wringing despair from establishment parties throughout Europe at the rise of populism. What is it that is deemed so frightening?  Meting out derision on parties assumed to be a bit dodgy because they are popular, shows little respect for the huge numbers of people who have voted for them.

Take for example the way many have assessed that the UKIP success is a shortlived protest vote. This insultingly implies that the electorate did not believe anything much when they placed their ‘X’ on their ballot paper, merely indulging in a sulky, adolescent gesture. 

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