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Tuesday 10 February 2009

Age-old anti-semitism rears its ugly head in Europe

According to a recent survey, reported on here, a startling near one third of Europeans blame Jews for the economic slowdown and geater numbers think Jews have too much power in the business world.

In Spain, 74 per cent of respondents feel it is 'probably true' that Jews hold too much sway over the global financial markets, the highest in the survey. The survey used a sample size of 3,500, with 500 drawn from each of Austria, Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Spain.
(thru Barcepundit (English Edition) )

Worryingly like the 1930s; whilst I think there are undoubtedly self-serving party political motives (*) for Ed Balls having made remarks about the risk of the rise of 'far-right'(*) politics in the next few years, with the recession/depression probably impacting [negatively] on politics for at least the next 10 or 15 years, it is probable that he quite simply has a point that this is what could well happen. I've thought so for quite a while myself, too.

(*) - The spectre of the rise of 'far right' politics is always raised by left-wing socialist/labour politicians when cooking-up scare stories about threats to their own voter base by parties such as the BNP; however, such fascist parties are more accurately described as 'authoritarian-left' in my view and this is why their policies tend to appeal to renegades from left-wing parties such as the Labour Party - just as with the 'black shirts' in Britain in the 1930s and of course with the 'National Socialists' of the time in Germany. This fact bears repeating every time some jackanapes socialist tries to equate extremism exclusively with 'right wing' politics.

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