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David Cameron Attacks Populism, But Admits Popular Immigration Concerns Have Been Ignored

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Former British prime minister David Cameron has attempted a political comeback, speaking about how to defeat the rise of populism in Europe at a globalist conference.

The event was to launch the ‘Coalition for Global Prosperity’ campaign, which pushes to maintain Britain’s record levels of foreign aid handouts.

Speaking on anti-establishment political movements in Europe, the toppled leader said the establishment had to address the widespread concerns over immigration and globalist capitalism driving them.

According to the Evening Standard, he said: “It’s no good, I think, in response to the wave of populism we’ve seen around the world… to just push away these arguments and not engage with them.

“It’s no good saying to people: ‘You’re wrong to be concerned about high levels of immigration, just get used to it and understand what a benefit it is.’”

He continued: “People want immigration control and expect governments to deliver on it.

“It’s no good saying to people: ‘Well you’ve just got to understand the beauties and wonders of free market economics’ when people are very clear the economy is not working for everybody.

“We deal with it through programmes like the Government has done: minimum wages, better training, more apprenticeships. You have to take on the causes of this populism and deal with these arguments, not wave them away.”

However, the ex-prime minister’s chief lieutenant while in government, former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, revealed that Cameron himself never intended to keep his long-standing promise to reduce net immigration “from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands” — a target the Tories are nowhere near meeting to this day — after Brexit destroyed his political career.

Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria, and now Italy have all seen populists experiencing success and winning power in government, as voters lose faith in the liberal and globalist policies of Brussels to protect jobs and borders.

Cameron championed so-called “liberal conservatism” in office, building strong ties with fellow globalists like former U.S. President Barack Obama, and unsuccessfully led the campaign against Brexit.

Thanks to him, the United Kingdom must spend a sum equivalent to 0.7 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on foreign aid annually.

France, by contrast, spends 0.38 per cent of GDP on foreign aid; Italy gives just 0.28 per cent, and Australia a mere 0.27 per cent.

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