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The Greening And Fall Of European Civilisation

The European Parliament election results are in, and the Guardian has proclaimed a ‘green wave’. Winning roughly 9 per cent of the seats, up from 7 per cent in 2014, it seems that the European Greens really are on a roll, or at least a mini-croissant. Nearly half of their gains came from the UK, where the Greens’ campaign slogan (‘Stop Brexit. Fight climate change.’) honestly admitted that environmentalism was only their second priority. Post-election commentary invariably portrayed the Greens as a ‘Remainer’ party, not a ‘climate’ party.

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“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time; but there is the broad feeling in our country that the people should rule, continuously rule, and that public opinion, expressed by all constitutional means, should shape, guide, and control the actions of Ministers who are their servants and not their masters.”

— Winston Churchill, in Parliament, 1947