Newsnight BBC Mary Kaldor and John Fredericks on Brexit, Donald Trump and US Election
Written by John Fredericks Radio Network on December 29, 2016
A LONDON university professor was blasted by an outspoken radio host after the academic claimed Brexit and Donald Trump’s election was about primal nationalism.
Talk Radio host John Fredericks insisted neither vote had anything to do with nationalism, and instead claimed they were about “sovereignty and jobs”.
On Newsnight, he said: “This is a worker’s revolution, it has nothing to do with ethnicity or race. It is not a revolution or nationalism, it’s a worklash. This is about jobs.
He added: “People in various countries, they want their countries back.
“They’ve seen their jobs shipped all over the world because the elite, globalist, international gangster, bankster network has scoured the earth for cheap labour and shipped their jobs everywhere.
“Or they’ve let illegals come in to take their jobs. This has nothing to do with anything except people wanting jobs.”
Speaking from Virginia, Mr Fredericks said: “Economic prosperity and jobs is the great equaliser, it is the great unifier. A pay check has no ideology, putting food on the table has no political philosophy.”
But Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance at London School of Economics, insisted we must turn to internationalism in order to address the dissatisfaction she claimed that Brexit and Trump voters harboured.
The 70-year-old whined: “I completely agree that this was an anguished vote by those left behind by globalisation, but the answer to that cannot be nationalism, the answer has to be internationalism.
“It has to be dealing with those multinational organisations and tackling their safe havens, which is what the European Union does.”
But slamming Dr Kaldor’s “elitist gobbledygook”, Mr Fredericks said: “What this whole movement is about across the globe… In the United Kingdom, now it’s happening in France, it just happened in the United States, is people want their countries back but it’s not a movement of nationalism, it’s a movement of protecting jobs.”
But undeterred, Dr Kaldor hit back.
She said: “It’s rubbish to say it’s not nationalism, that stuff about making America great again, that stuff about not allowing Muslims into the United States, that is not just about jobs, that’s pure racism.”