In recent years a left wing dominated media has done it's best to demonise nationalism. Socialist laws have done their best to outlaw free speech and free thought. And the result? UKIP, La Front Nacional, Golden Dawn et al are now in positions of power and influence in the European parliament.
If you suppress what people think and say, you must expect it to fester and burst out eventually in a more extreme form. For years, allowing unbridled immigration, funded by hard working tax payers in the name of social justice (oh the irony) has caused resentment. But it has been ignored, and what was sentiment has now become action. People are voting for parties who would end the immigration gravy train, who would speak openly of their dislike for certain religions.
No government is wiser than it's electorate. No government can dictate how it's voters are allowed to think, nor can it ignore them ad infinitum and expect to get away with it. Countries need leaders who put the interests of the nation above all else. How the Conservatives or Labour in the UK would love to have a John Key in charge right now. Instead, all over Europe, the silent majority who have too long borne being marginalised or ignored at the expense of the bleating minorities, have spoken, and spoken loudly.
And about bloody time. Most people, and especially New Zealanders, are fundamentally decent. If you allow them to, they will look after those less fortunate. They always have done. But if you accuse them of not doing so, then penalise their endeavours in order to fund small groups who see government as one big cheque book, then they will resent this, and eventually they will say enough is enough. And the harder you make it for them to be able to say that, the more vigorous it will be when the time finally comes.
John Key trusts New Zealanders. The Socialists do not. One other significant lesson these European elections have taught us, and we would do well to heed this, is that the Greens are a spent force. Their absolute insignificance in countries like Germany and Sweden, where they first rose to prominence, shows that when push comes to shove, no-one trusts them as a political force. Best consigned them to a watchdog role, a role in which they do perhaps have some justification. But not someone to vote for, unless of course wasting your vote is your aim. But that's hardly a surprise. By Jerry Flay