An apparent shift towards socialist politics by parts of the electorate has conservatives and right-wingers looking over their shoulders in the United Kingdom, US and parts of Europe.The appetite for left wing politics is evidenced by the fact British Labour has anti-austerity politician and ‘threat to national security’ Jeremy Corbyn at the reins.
Meanwhile, Vermont state senator Bernie Sanders – a self described democratic socialist – is breathing down the neck of rival Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries.
Last year, Portugal’s government was forced to resign after the country’s Socialist Party joined forces with the radical Left Bloc and Communist Party to reject further austerity measures.
In all likelihood, any popularity increase with the left is the result of people having become tired of welfare cuts, increased taxes and social upheaval – the fallout from economic recession and its mismanagement.
But leave common sense at the door for a moment. What if the change in the political paradigm is actually all down to one, four-legged creature – El Gato.
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