Sunday, March 09, 2008
It's not just in the FA Cup that the underdogs are routing the plutocrats this weekend: the rich and powerful are getting a bloody nose in the European political arena too.
In the Hungarian referendum, there has been a resounding victory for anti-government forces. With around 93% of votes counted, 84.46 have voted 'yes' to scrap hospital visit fees, 82.2% to scrap doctor's visit fees and 82.64% to scrap tuition fees. The result is a massive blow to the ruling MSZP/SDZSZ coalition neoliberal 'reform' programme, and makes the position of the hated, multi-millionaire Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany (above) untenable.
Meanwhile in France, Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party has suffered major losses in the local elections. And in Spain, exit polls indicate that the progressive, anti-war government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero will be relected.
If we add to these three positive events, yesterday's news from Serbia that Prime Minister Kostunica has finally told his fanatically pro-EU, pro-'reform' coalition partners to take a running jump- then it really has been a weekend to savour.