Winter is coming Down Under


In a recent email someone accused me of fleeing Australia. I thought that this was a little over the top, but then again the chap was a leftie and they have a tendency for acute exaggeration, not to mention emailing me. I left Australia of my own free will, whereas the verb to flee conjurers images of just making it to boarding before the government officials discover me and then the jig is up!

A Jew that left Germany in 1932 wouldn’t have been fleeing; he would have been making a strategic decision to leave. Fast forward a few years later and the same Jew would have been lucky to have been able to flee. When it comes to departure, it’s all in the timing.

So we can say that I left Australia and that it was a strategic decision to depart. I took a sniff of the wind and I didn’t like which way it was blowing. So I moved to The Netherlands due to the strong connection through my Dutch wife. If leaving Australia was bound to cause people to question my sanity, coming to Europe which, if you believe the mainstream media, has already been overrun with hordes of North Africans, was insanity indeed.

Several people of my acquaintance, however, were very much open to the idea of departing Australia’s shores. But their preferred option, by far, was New Zealand. Apparently the Kiwis have been just smashing it. Their economy is brilliant, they don’t have the immigration problems, and they have their lefties firmly under control, (that’s what having a strong conservative government does for you).

But the idea of moving to New Zealand did not appeal to me. I was very firmly of the opinion that New Zealanders are just as susceptible as Australians to progressive socialist infection. And then last week the country got a new prime minister; a 37 year old female socialist who has never worked a day in the real world in her entire life.

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New Zealand socialist, Jacinda Ardern. Photo by Ulysse Bellier

“Ardern has described herself as a social democrat,[4] a progressive,[5] a republican,[63] and a feminist.[64] She has cited Helen Clark as a political hero.[65] In her parliamentary maiden speech in 2008, Ardern affirmed her support for the welfare state as “a necessary safety net, and a support for those who are unable to support themselves”, and has spoken in support of trade unions.[4] In 2017, she opposed the National Party’s plans for income tax cuts for high-income earners.”

If you think that’s bad then her first interview as prime minister was absolutely breath-taking in its sheer stupidity.

“New Zealand prime-minister-elect Jacinda Ardern has described capitalism as a “blatant failure” in the country, nominating poverty and homelessness as her priorities when she takes office.

“Speaking in her first sit-down interview, on TV3’s The Nation, Ms Ardern said New Zealanders were not feeling the benefits of prosperity. Asked if capitalism had failed New Zealanders on low incomes, Ms Ardern was blunt: “If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive, that’s a blatant failure. What else could you describe it as?”

Hundreds of thousands of children without enough to survive? So, dying then, because that’s what ‘without enough to survive’ actually means. And this in a country with a population that is under 5 million people. Verily the mind doth boggle. They’re giving Somalia a run for their money in the child mortality rates. News to most of us I would say.

And yet, let us contrast this dismal event with what has been happening over here in Europe in the past couple of weeks. You know, that place that was being overrun by the immigrant hordes. First, the Dutch finally formed a government after over 200 days of negotiations; negotiations which completely froze out those on the left and gave the Dutch their first real conservative alliance for many years.

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Incoming Austrian chancellor, Sebatian Kurz. Photo by Österreichisches Außenministerium

Then Austria elects its first right wing coalition government since a certain corporal was strutting around, a coalition which has as its basis a platform of anti-immigration and anti-EU. Can things possibly get any better?

Why, yes, they can. The Czechs had an election last weekend and you won’t believe what happened next

“With voters upset over traditional parties and orders from Brussels, billionaire populist Andrej Babis, dubbed the “Czech Trump”, clinched victory in the Czech Republic’s election on Saturday, while eurosceptics and an anti-Islam group backed by France’s National Front made strong gains.

“State election officials citing results from 99.9 percent of polling stations said Babis’s anti-corruption and anti-euro ANO (Yes) movement won with 29.7 percent support (78 parliament seats) followed by the eurosceptic right-wing ODS party on 11.3 percent (25 seats). Turnout was at 60 percent.”

But wait, there’s more. This weekend also saw a vote in the Veneto and Lombardy regions of Italy for greater autonomy which resulted in an overwhelming majority in favor.

A great many parts of Europe either suffered greatly under socialism or under some sort of jackboot within living memory, so they’re not inclined to have it happen again. The EU was sold to them as a trading bloc and then they attempted to sneak socialism in through the back door. And they were succeeding until they made a fatal mistake by inviting in African welfare immigrants.

If just one nation pulls out of the EU then watch the dominoes begin to fall. Nationalism is well on the rise over here, a fact of which I was well aware when I made my decision to move. But Australia and New Zealand are going the way of the progressive socialist jackboot, part of which is down to the fact that those two countries have never before suffered tyranny. Sometimes you have to lose what you have in order to appreciate its true value.

But good luck getting it back again. Me, I’ll be over here in Europe; reminding you all that there’s still time before it gets really bad for you.

This article was originally published at, where Adam Piggott publishes regularly and brilliantly. You can purchase Adam’s books here.

  • John Sheppard

    It feels like all countries have to go through these kinds of up’s and down’s. So as Europe was falling in the late 90’s and earlier 2000’s, Australia was actually doing quite well. Now Europe is starting to come around to the errors of their ways and making progress towards improving their standing and rejecting socialism. Similar journey for the US.

    Australia is just 10 years behind, making the same mistakes along the way. Hopefully in 10 years time we will start to pull ourselves back towards sanity, however how much damage will be done between now and then??

    • The grass is always greener, and less riddled with weeds.

    • I fully expect that I will be imprisoned in a forced labour camp in Dubbo in 10 years time, for the dire crimes of “Wrong Speech/Wrong Think.

  • Vote No!

    Stop saying things Adam. Make the bad man go away David Hiscox. Don’t let him back until he says warm and fuzzy things.

  • OneFatOzGuy

    If there’s one good thing thing she’s doing, it’s talking about stopping foreigners buying property.

    If course, talk is cheap.

    • Grant Summers

      True, but when taxes increase and the welfare drains everyone’s bank accounts, where will the cash come from? I don’t pretend to know, but foreign investment is the only thing I can think of.

      • OneFatOzGuy

        I didn’t say it was perfect, although she only said foreigners from the perspective of people not in NZ, perhaps she’ll just let more people into the country.

  • Expats are always fucking annoying.