Neoliberalism simply isn't popular
I've pointed out here and here how the political center-left has been absolutely routed all over the western world in recent years.
This has been due entirely to the close embrace of neoliberalism from parties that were founded on the premise of protecting the working class.
However, there were a couple exceptions to this trend.
Specifically, Justin Trudeau in Canada and Emmanuel Macron in France.
Their victories gave hope to the establishment that voters will continue to elect politicians that push pro-big business, anti-workers policies, as long as they also push socially progressive policies (think Hillary Clinton).
Well, recent polls show that even the exceptions are falling out of favor.
Let's start with Canada.
Discontent with the Trudeau Liberals has grown to such a level that if a federal election were held tomorrow, the Conservatives would romp to a comfortable win.
That’s according to a new Ipsos poll that found the Liberals to be hemorrhaging support even among their target demographics, namely the middle class, women and millennials, with many progressives increasingly weighing up a vote for the NDP.
So how did this happen? It happened for very predictable reasons.
They are in effect no longer authentic or consistent, and voters do not view them in their best interests.
Progressive young voters likely believe that Trudeau will peddle to the right, or poorly represent their views and older people wonder what new tax, regulation, or tariff they will have to work against while trying to understand what their own government is doing.
Boy that sounds familiar.
Now let's look at France.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s popularity has fallen to its lowest point so far in his presidency, a poll showed on Friday, a day after nationwide protests against his reform drive brought tens of thousands of public workers on the streets.
Despite falling unemployment and a high profile internationally, the number of people with a favorable opinion of the 40-year-old former investment banker dropped three percentage points in March to 40 percent, the BVA poll showed.
Frustrated over Macron’s wide-ranging labor and welfare reforms, nurses, teachers and other public sector workers walked off the job on Thursday over concerns about his plans to cut their headcount and introduce merit-based pay.
In the western world, the only major political party to end its toxic embrace of neoliberalism is the UK Labour Party. Coincidentally, the UK Labour Party is alone in rising in popularity.
Claims by a former Czech spy that Jeremy Corbyn was a paid 'collaborator' during the Cold War have not reduced support for the Labour leader or his party according to a new poll.
The YouGov poll for the Times, out on Saturday, found that just 8% of voters thought worse of the Labour leader because of the claims, but 6% thought better of him. The majority, 64%, said the stories had made absolutely no difference to their opinion on Corbyn.
The poll also found Labour's support has actually risen since the stories began. Labour's support has gone up one point to 42%, with the Conservatives unchanged on 40%.
Do you think there might be a lesson to be learned from this?