The New Observer
October 18, 2015
Panic has erupted in the ranks of the controlled media as the full extent of the recent electoral breakthrough achieved by the Austrian populist and anti-invasion Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (Freedom Party of Austria, FPÖ) has become clear.
The “mainstream” Austrian OE24 news service, for example, has admitted in a banner headline that “Strache is unstoppable” (“Strache ist nicht zu stoppen” 15. Oktober 2015).
“Despite not wining in Vienna,” the OE24 article says (referring to the second place achieved by party leader HC Strache in last week’s Vienna city elections), “the FPÖ is unstoppable at the federal level.” (“Federal level” in Austrian terms means at national election level.)
The OE24 article continued by saying that although the FPÖ “only” polled 30.8 percent of the vote in Vienna, that party’s growth in “nationwide polls is not declining.”
“In a new Gallup poll—the first after Vienna-election—support for the FPÖ continues unabated,” the OE24 report continued.
“The FPÖ stands at 33 percent and therefore remains the clear number one, extending its 10 percent lead over the SPÖ,” (Socialist Party of Austria). The poll revealed that the SPÖ—currently the government—had slipped back nationally to 23 percent.
The conservative Austrian Peoples’ Party (ÖVP) polled just under 20 percent, followed by the smaller parties.
Strache personally is also now the favorite candidate to become chancellor of Austria, the poll revealed.
Some 32 percent of Austrians “envisage HC Strache as chancellor, and he is the front runner in this regard,” OE24 said.
Significantly, the OE24 article also admitted that the main reason why current chancellor Werner Faymann will “probably lose” the next election is because of his “refugee policy” which, the paper adds, is the same policy as that followed by Germany’s Angela Merkel.
“The political mood is therefore best for the FPÖ,” the OE24 article concludes.
*Another OE24 article reports that the recent electoral breakthroughs for the FPÖ has meant that, in terms of the country’s complicated party-political financing scheme—in which successful parties receive state funding—the anti-invasion FPÖ will now get as much as €48 million in cash.
The system—originally designed by the establishment parties to keep themselves in power—is based upon a distribution of taxpayer money in proportion to the votes received by a party. A similar program is in place in many other European “democracies.”
This automatically gives an advantage to already established parties, and makes it nearly impossible for smaller parties to break through. The FPÖ’s electoral success has however turned this clearly unfair rule against its creators.