Left-wing parties in France, Sweden, Italy, Finland, and now Spain have been facing electoral wipeouts, while conservative parties, such as Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy and Marine Le Pen’s National Rally, gain popularity. The Left’s obsession with demonising conservatives and its failure to address real issues means it only has itself to blame, argues Gavin Mortimer in the Spectator.
Nine months after Giorgia Meloni was elected Prime Minister – remember the hysterical warnings about her being Mussolini in heels – the only horror the Italian Left has experienced is electoral wipeout. At last weekend’s local elections, Meloni’s conservative Brothers of Italy party romped to victory in many towns that were once staunchly Socialist. As a jubilant Meloni crowed: “Strongholds [of the left] no longer exist.” At the same time Italians were endorsing Meloni, Spanish voters showed what they thought of the ruling Socialist Workers’ party in their local and religion elections. Not much. The big winners were the Popular party and Vox, prompting a rattled Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to call a snap general election. According to El Pais his Socialist party needs “a miracle to halt the conservative wave that has already swept through several European countries”.
Vox have in the past been compared to the Nazi party, though these days the Left sees Hitler and Mussolini on every street corner. Querying the wisdom of mass immigration is one short goosestep from fascism, as is sticking up for the traditional family structure or simply waving your country’s flag.