by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A string of populist electoral wins in Australia, India and the U.K. are beginning to transform the global political landscape as nations revolt against mass migration, climate change legislation and traditional party establishments.
In recent weeks, several nations have placed anti-establishment groups in power, many of which advocate strict immigration policies and hold nationalist sympathies.
As discontent with the establishment continues to fester across the globe, here are some of the highlights from the biggest developments in the past month.
Australia returns Scott Morrison’s conservative Liberal party in election upset
Polling pointed to a disaster for Australia’s right-leaning Liberal-National Coalition in the federal election held May 18. But what was supposed to be Australia’s “climate change election,” with leading parties supporting sweeping climate legislation, turned to a stunning upset, according to The New York Times. …
… India returns Narendra Modi as Prime Minister with a clear majority
A few days later, on May 23, India tallied the ballots for its general election. Results showed a landslide victory for incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His party outperformed expectations, winning 303 out of 542 seats in the lower house, according to The Associated Press.
With the victory of Modi’s group, the Indian National Congress, which had been the dominant group for most of India’s history, failed to win 10% of the seats in the legislature. …
… Nigel Farage leads Brexit Party to landslide win in European Union Parliamentary election …
… Farage formed the Brexit Party, which quickly attracted a large following.
Party messaging abandoned most of the policy arguments made for leaving the EU and instead argued the dithering of the major parties was a betrayal of democracy.