Don’t get your hopes up
[A post from our roving correspondent Willie Seabrook]
With all the excited reporting over the free-market/conservative/right wing party victories across Europe (and you can throw in NZ too) we should be expecting a whole bunch of free market reforms from these hands-off free-market parties, right?
Since the likes of Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, Geert Wilders, Silvio Berlusconi, John Key, The Freedom Party, The Jobbik Party all represent capitalism, don’t they, then surely we should expect stuff like tax cuts, deregulation, privatisations and big reductions in entitlement programs – and huge reductions in deficits.
Or what the hell is the point?