Robert Tyler highlights yet another electoral gain for right-leaning politics in a European country’s election
Last Sunday there was yet another election. This one wasn’t even on the calendar at the start of the year, and really happened quite spontaneously. Yes, I’m talking about the Luxembourgish election – which was triggered as a response to allegations of a spying scandal and the fact that the Prime Minister, Jean-Claude Juncker, would resign. However, he has in fact stayed in office, due to the fact that his party urged him to keep going. However I don’t want to talk about him or his long illustrious career.
Now, I bring up this election because, once again, the Right has come out ahead. I have been writing about these elections, and their results for some time now, and have continued to drive home this idea that the Right are winning across Europe, and the rest of the world. And yes, I am going to say the same again of Luxembourg’s election.
However before I go on, it’s important to note that the incumbent government in Luxembourg, the Christian Social People’s Party (CSV) has been in power almost non-stop since 1945. And the party that they evolved from, even before that. It’s also important to note that Juncker has been Prime Minister of the country since 1995: he is the longest-serving, democratically-elected leader in Europe.
So, as you can see, the Right winning here isn’t really a big deal. However, what is a big deal is that the other main right-wing party, the Democratic Party (DP), have had a sudden surge in the polls. They are viewed as the opposition to the CSV and fill a similar role in Luxembourgish politics as the FDP do (or rather, did, until the advent of the AfD) in German politics. This is the right-wing party I would like to focus on.
The DP is a classical-liberal party which advocates free trade, closer ties with Europe and social liberalism. Yes, I know: most readers by now will be rolling their eyes: “Oh, more Europhiles, just what we need.” Well – no. They didn’t get elected for their political views on Europe, but more for their views on the economy. A free-market economy stuck a chord with voters who wanted to remove the current coalition of socialist and incumbent right-wingers. And, yes, I am admitting that removing the incumbent played a minor role here, but not as much of a role as centre-right politics did.
The real message from the resurgence of support for Luxembourg’s Democratic Party that can be translated to the UK is that free-market economics paired with social-liberalism is a winner. The Conservative Party here in the UK only have to adapt to these ideas, or be condemned to lose to the loony left in 2015. And it’s not as if the Conservatives couldn’t do this. They’re already on the right track, and all they really have to do is listen to the new Conservatives for Liberty group that was set up earlier this month – of which, by the way, I’m a member (but that stays between us).
They look to lead the party in the right direction, and when I say the right direction I mean towards the true right-wing of political philosophy of old. Free markets, small government, and letting people do what they want, without the State standing looking over their shoulders.