There has been some immediate fallout from Denmark’s remarkable election during which the right-wing populist Danish People’s Party came in a strong second:
Denmark’s new centre-right government will cut immigrants’ benefits by half as it named the founder of an anti-immigration party as Speaker of parliament.
Pia Kjærsgaard, the founder of the Danish People’s party who was once named “racist of the year” by a Swedish magazine, will be the new Speaker, the main political position outside of government.
These are the wages of failing to adopt sensible policies over immigration: it opens the door to radical measures, and to having the “racist of the year” serve as Speaker in your parliament. If Denmark’s political establishment had thought more carefully about its approach, the populists would not have gotten this far. This should serve as a reminder to political establishments everywhere: pay attention to the people. In the end, you can’t govern without them.