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 election, support of the UK Independence Party is highest in the poorest regions of England where misunderstanding about the causes of poverty and unemployment permits anti-immigrant rhetoric to disguise unrelated economic mismanagement. It makes fools of the UK's lowest in income, who are unable to focus their efforts on the real levers of change.
The austerity program imposed 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.