Serbia votes down Radical Party

May 12, 2008 at 7:22 am (elections, serbia, voltairespriest)

In a turn-over of poll predications, it would seem that Serbians have voted down the extreme right-wing Radical Party which had been expected to narrowly win the general election in that country. Instead they have opted (by a relatively healthy margin) to elect the Democratic Party (DS) of President Boris Tadic. Guess they didn’t realise they were supposed to be “sound anti-imperialist heroes” after all, so they didn’t elect the far right. Sorry. I’m sure there’ll be tears in many an “anti-imperialist” home tonight.


  1. resistor said,

    You have failed to read the small print. The (right-wing) DS is merely the largest party. It can’t form an overall majority as they don’t have enough seats without Kostunica. The Radicals probably can’t form a coalition either, unless the Socialists and Kostunica’s party form a grand alliance.

    As for “anti-imperialist”, I think you’ll find that ALL the parties opposed the NATO attack on Serbia and the illegal UDI of Kosovo.

    ps I remember whe opposition to imperialism was taken fro granted from the Young Liberals leftwards – the only exceptions were the BICO and Sean Matgamna

  2. entdinglichung said,

    additionally, all of the major parties are nationalist, claim Kosov@ as a “historic part of Serbia”, the coalition of Tadic e.g. contains the Srpski pokret obnove of Vuk Drašković and a Serbian List For Kosovo and Methohija … and a capitalist agenda is supported by all of them … a just solution for the problems on the Balkan (like elsewhere) will require a break with all forms of nationalism

  3. Jim Denham said,

    We take anti imperialism for granted, ‘resistor’…but not “anti-imperialism.”

  4. sackcloth and ashes said,

    On Planet ‘resistor’, the DS are ‘right wing’. What does that make the Radicals of Vojislav Seselj – whose military wing (the Chetniks) were involved in war crimes against civilians in Bosnia and Kosovo.

    The fact that the likes of ‘resistor’ side with racist scum in Serbia tells you all you need to know about them.

    In any case, I remember the apologists for greater Serb nationalism saying that self-determination in Kosovo would lead to a backlash in Serbia that would bring the Radicals to power. That hasn’t happened. The political discourse in Serbia is now between democratic parties who may resent the loss of Kosovo, but realise that the future of their country lies in the removal of Milosevic’s legacy and membership of the EU – and the coalition of gangsters, fantasists and fascists who oppose them.

    For the sake of Serbia and its people, let’s hope the former prevail in the political struggle that lies ahead. Any honest Western leftist should be on their side.

  5. resistor said,

    What does that make the Radicals of Vojislav Seselj? Extreme right-wing.

    What did I say that that indicated that I ‘sided’ with them in any way?

    Finally, having the word ‘democratic’ in your party’s title is sometimes misleading.

    However it’s revealing to see membership of the EU posed as ‘left-wing’.

  6. sackcloth and ashes said,

    ‘resistor’, I know what you’re like. People like you sided with the likes of Milosevic, Arkan, Seselj et al because they’re ‘anti-imperialist’. You oppose parties committed to multi-party democracy in Serbia because they’re pro-Western. And you’re a fucking Jew-baiter as well, so don’t pretend you’re a left-winger, because you’re not.

    Anyone on the left should support Serb entry into the EU, because it means that the country’s elite will be forced to commit to the rule of law, it will ensure minority rights in Vojvodina, the Sanjak and elsewhere, and it will help curtain the xenophobic politics of hate that caused hundreds of thousands of deaths across former Yugoslavia throughout the 1990s. It will also hopefully mean that Serbia finally does what Croatia is doing now, which is make a proper account with its past, and hand over all its war criminals to be tried at the Hague.

    A democratic Serbia that makes a break with hypernationalism and joins the EU will be good for the Serbian people, and for Yugoslavia as a whole, and so it’s a good outcome for any real, genuine leftist. For pseudo-leftists like yourself – and for your ideological soul-brothers amongst the Chetniks and all that scum – it will be yet another disaster. After all, your shirt is as brown as the turd I expelled from my bowels after this morning’s breakfast.

    Crawl back under your hole.

  7. resistor said,

    The doctor will see you now

  8. voltaires_priest said,

    One presumes “resistor” was one of those left sobbing into their rocket salad and “ooh ah Hezbollah” posters at the Radical Party’s loss.

  9. badnewswade said,

    God, why don’t they all just fuck off? If they even had a modicum of intellectual honesty the bastards would just start a political party and call it “the Stalin party”.

  10. sackcloth and ashes said,

    ‘One presumes “resistor” was one of those left sobbing into their rocket salad and “ooh ah Hezbollah” posters at the Radical Party’s loss.’

    Very much so. They’re right up his street, as they’re extreme right racists masquerading as the ‘left’.

  11. resistor said,

    From Voice of America

    Serbia’s President: Socialist Party Completely Acceptable Coalition Partner
    By VOA News
    14 May 2008

    Serbia’s pro-European president has called the Socialist Party of the late President Slobodan Milosevic a completely acceptable coalition partner for his supporters.

    Serbia’s President Boris Tadic, 11 May 2008
    Boris Tadic, 11 May 2008
    President Boris Tadic, in a statement, said both groups share the ideals of the Socialist International and both advocate social reforms, the creation of a system of social justice and equal opportunity for all.

    So the party you support, the DS, approve of the party you hate – the Socialist Party of Milosevic.

    Politics is a lot more complicated than the childish pictures painted here represent.

    ps Using four letter words isn’t big, clever or grown up – unless to make a point.

    Otherwise to quote Flanders & Swann

    Ma’s out, Pa’s out, Let’s talk rude!
    Pee Po Belly Bum Drawers.
    Dance in the garden in the nude,
    Pee Po Belly Bum Drawers.
    Let’s write rude words all down our street,
    Stick out our tongues at the people we meet,
    Let’s have an intellectual treat
    Pee Po Belly Bum Drawers.

  12. voltaires_priest said,

    It’s a bit like comparing Kwasniewski with Jaruselski because they’re “in the same party” or Benn with Blair etc, Resistor. You’re the one over-simplifying.

  13. resistor said,

    Looks like Volty might not get the pro- NATO/EU free-market G17 government he wanted.

    Serb Socialists ‘Take First Step’ To Govt Deal

    16 May 2008 Moscow _ The leader of Serbia’s Socialists says his party has taken the first step towards a coalition deal with nationalist parties.

    Dacic said his party has reached a deal on principles on which they will move further towards forming a coalition with outgoing nationalist Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica’s bloc and the hardline Radical Party.

    ps the Serbian Muslims are on board too

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