The “far right” Thatcher fan
She is a lesbian politician (with a Swiss Sri Lankan partner) who wants to attract more women to support her, and she idolises Margaret Thatcher, but needless to say, according to Reuters, she is “far right”:
Alice Weidel, a leader of Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, said the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is her political role model, saying Thatcher got Britain back on its feet when it was facing economic ruin.Weidel told the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag newspaper that her party, which stormed into parliament for the first time after capturing nearly 13 percent of the vote, aimed to be ready to join a coalition government by 2021.
That could be a long shot since all mainstream parties have rejected working with the AfD.
Weidel said the party was content serving in opposition now, but its long-term goal was to shape policy, and Thatcher’s experience in Britain was a helpful guide.
“Margaret Thatcher is my political role model,” Weidel told the newspaper, lauding the U.K. leader’s willingness to swim against the current when necessary.
“Thatcher took over Great Britain when the country was economically in the dumps and built it up again.”
Weidel, a lesbian, said her partner and two adopted sons would move to Berlin from Switzerland when the partner’s current film project was completed.
She said only 18 percent of the AfD’s voters were women which was “way too few” and the party needed to attract more women voters. She said she favoured free child care and kindergartens because that would help families.
Weidel also urged former AfD leader Frauke Petry to give up her seat in parliament after quitting the party the day after the election and vowing to sit as an independent.
“I don’t have any animosity,” Weidel said. “I think it’s a shame that she left the AfD. I consider it the wrong decision.”
Petry this month kicked off a new “Blue Party”, promising a “reasonable conservative” agenda and berating AfD leaders for holding views too far outside the mainstream.
Alternative for Germany started as a Eurosceptic party, attracting support from Germans who were sick and tired of working hard to support and bail out the rest of Europe, whose chickens of profligacy and irresponsibility have been increasingly coming home to roost. Since then, AfD has moved to embrace a whole raft of cultural issues, including the opposition to unrestricted immigration and ideological multiculturalism. In their last and most successful campaign so far a few months ago they quite literally provided a clear alternative to the centrist consensus of Christian Democrats and Social Democrats.
But I guess nowadays combining free market policies with sensible cultural and social instincts makes you “far right”. It’s pretty much what Margaret Thatcher stood for as the Prime Minister, and I’m pretty sure were she still alive and politically active today she would be combining her dry instincts with the disdain for the Euro-elites and their project to remake Europe into some weird statist multiculti utopia. By all means, let’s degrade our political language and discourse and equate this political stance with Nazism.
Feel free to peruse yourself AfD’s neo-Nazi political program, with highlights like:
- Government should serve its citizens, and not vice versa. Therefore, only lean government is good government. Government should merely provide a framework within which its citizens can thrive. A constant and often ideology-driven expansion of government functions has reached financial and practical limitations, and is a threat to the fundamental rights of freedom of its citizens. Government has taken on too many tasks. There is a need to focus on four classic functions performed by government: domestic and foreign security, justice, foreign relations, and financial administration.
- Whilst tax evasion of relatively insignificant amounts is prosecuted in Germany, the wastage of tax revenues – which is equally detrimental to public welfare – is not punished at all. Shocking construction cost overruns, nonsensical purchases, and lavish prestige projects initiated by public officials and agency heads go largely unpun-ished as a result of current legislation. The AfD wishes to introduce a new criminal offence on budget fraud.
- We oppose the idea to transform the European Union into a centralised federal state. We are in favour of returning the European Union to an economic union based on shared interests, and consisting of sovereign, but loosely connected nation states.
- Free market competition produces the best economic results. The unsubsidised supply of goods and services, which is most beneficial to buyers and sellers alike, is always set to win the day. Therefore, the AfD contends that the stronger the competition, and the lower the ratio of government expenditures to gross national product (state spending ratio), the better it is for everyone.
- Any successful energy policy must have three aims. Power supply must be guaranteed, affordable and environmentally compatible. This triad was always adhered to in the German power supply, but is abandoned by the German Renewable Energy Act (EEG). The EEG and the transition to renewable energy jeopardise power supply. They raise energy prices, due to technical factors, while wind turbines present eyesores in cultural landscapes and pose an often fatal risk to birds.
If this is “far-right”, I’m a 100% Nazi. The only Polish Nazi in history.