It is official! Forsa now confirms, the FDP is dying.
One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered FDP party when Federal Justice minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (now gleefully nicknamed “Ben Schnali” after the ousted Tunisian dictator Ben Ali) confirmed that her party FDP has sold out yet again on one of its founding tenets, driving Germany one step deeper inside George Orwell’s Nineteeneightyfour.
Coming on the heels of a recent decision of the Federal Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of preventive data retention laws so broad in scope that they cover the whole population, this news serves to reinforce what we’ve known all along. The FDP’s civil rights wing is collapsing in complete disarray, leaving behind nothing but an empty shell of soulless corporate lobbyists.
You don’t need to be the Amazing Kreskin to predict the FDP’s future. The hand writing is on the wall: FDP faces a bleak future. In fact there won’t be any future at all for the FDP because the FDP is dying. Things are looking very bad for the FDP. As many of us are already aware, the FDP continues to lose voter share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.
All major surveys show that FDP has steadily declined in popularity. FDP is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim (even FDP’s Philipp Rössler’s heavy-handed and sadly partially successful lobbying for the deeply anti-social health-care scheme “Kopfpauschale” won’t help here). If FDP is to survive at all it will be among the political dilettante dabblers haunting irrelevant fringe parties with no chance of passing the mandatory 5% hurdle. FDP continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, the FDP is dead.
Fact: The FDP is dying.
With apologies to an Anonymous Coward’s funniest Slashdot meme.
Update 2017/06/01: After many years in hiatus and out of the parliaments, the FDP is rising again like phoenix from the ashes. I can't say I'm totally unhappy about it, because diversity is necessary in a democracy. But did they learn the lessons of the past? I somehow doubt it.