There is an interesting trend in Western Politics. A growing belief that governments no longer represent their people’s interests. This trend is plain to see in America where Trump and Sanders are riding a wave of anti-establishmentarianism. In Europe a similar trend is on the rise.
You have to look a bit closer in Europe because the signs (and motivation) are small, unique events rather than centralized political campaigns. But they are there to see.
Yesterday, Dutch voters opposed a trade deal between the EU and Ukraine by a margin of two-to-one. While this referendum will be largely ignored by Brussels, it again demonstrates the growing resentment of the people of Europe to what is perceived as a betrayal by their leaders.
At their roots the Dutch are a mercantile country that has always prospered from free trade. Nor is there any historical resentment or animosity between Holland and Ukraine. So why did the Nay sayers win the referendum?
The answer is that a growing proportion of people in the West no longer trust their leaders.
For vast majority of Dutch this vote had nothing to do with Ukraine. Since forming the EU most of the Northern European countries have seen their social benefits and job opportunities decline as money is dumped to the Southern countries in a largely ineffective attempt to “raise” them up to Northern levels of civilization.
Meanwhile in the North, social programs are being sacrificed in an attempt to artificially create a more level “standard-of-living” among the states.
The Dutch referendum will be ignored in Brussels, again. The resentment with the leaders will continue to grow, again. If history repeats itself then the results will involve lots of blood, again.