The following is an excerpt from our Sixth Print Issue, to be released on November 15th. More information about this issue can be found HERE.

 

Last month PiS, known in Britain as the ‘Law and Justice’ Party stormed the Polish elections winning 43.5 per cent, the highest share of the popular vote since the formation of the Polish Third Republic in the 1990s. Law and Justice has been dismissed by most Western Europeans on the grounds that it is either a Polish equivalent of Victor Orban’s party – far right, xenophobic and ‘unconstitutional’ or on the grounds that it is corrupt – in effect bribing the Polish people for their votes with generous spending policies.

I assume the readers of Bournbrook are familiar enough with the first critique, given that in today’s discourse it is aimed at all who oppose the liberal consensus put forward by the mainstream media and cultural elites. However, it is the second critique which is far more significant for the future of conservatism in Britain. The simple reason for this is that many on the right will have a degree of sympathy for this view.

After all, Law and Justice, a party which stood on a platform of doubling the minimum wage, increasing benefits for pensioners fourfold and reducing the high levels of inequality between the East of the country and the much wealthier West does sound pretty socialist. But it is also fundamentally a conservative party that has opposed a liberalisation of abortion laws, greater interference from Brussels in Polish affairs and the decline of family life.

 

Photo from Fshoq.