Greasy little snake-oil salesmen like Mike Huckabee realized that if you run for president on a platform of fetuses and Jesus, you can make so much money that you'll have to buy wheelbarrows to carry it all away.
Running up to Thursday's general election in the United Kingdom, support for the UK Independence Party is highest in the poorest regions of the country, where misunderstanding about the causes of poverty and unemployment permits anti-immigrant rhetoric to disguise unrelated economic mismanagement. The real culprits are the politicians, who have initiated draconian austerity measures that target the most vulnerable.
The austerity program imposed on the Republic of Ireland by the troika of the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund starting in 2010 stipulated that charges for households' water consumption should be introduced - a plan that the right-wing government now in power is implementing. Notwithstanding public pronouncements to the contrary, the plan is most likely to eventually privatize Irish Water, the public utility set up to charge citizens for water. This has provoked a strong popular movement against water charges.