July 18, 2019
If you’re against populism, you’re against the population.
That’s what the word means.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday criticized populists and those who engage in “absolutism” in her final speech as prime minister — as she defended her own desire for compromise in political negotiations.
“Today an inability to combine principles with pragmatism and make a compromise when required seems to have driven our whole political discourse down the wrong path,” she said in a speech at Chatham House, London.
“It has led to what is in effect a form of absolutism – one which believes that if you simply assert your view loud enough and long enough you will get your way in the end,” she said. “Or that mobilizing your own faction is more important than bringing others with you.”
She went on to say that populist movements have “seized the opportunity to capitalize on that vacuum.”
“They have embraced the politics of division; identifying the enemies to blame for our problems and offering apparently easy answers,” she said. “In doing so, they promote a polarised politics which views the world through the prism of ‘us’ and ‘them’ – a prism of winners and losers, which views compromise and cooperation through international institutions as signs of weakness not strength. “
I am quite shocked to see a woman blaming all of her failings on other people.
The reason I find it so entirely shocking is that no one could have predicted it.
Angela Merkel’s farewell speech is coming up soon I’m sure, and it will be really refreshing to see her take full responsibility for all her failings, which I’m sure she will do, just like when Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election and then reflected on her own behavior.