Being an outlier with controversial but popular opinions is more effective than you would think

Milo Yiannopoulos is an outlier with controversial but popular opinions that resonate with people who are quite different to him. The way the world is supposed to work is that Gay men are supposed to be left wing politically and they are expected to not believe in God yet Milo has broken that mould and is a role model for countless straight men and women who believe in God and who have conservative and libertarian political views

Controversial: Backbench MP Hanif Bali has been credited with the Swedish opposition’s u-turn on immigration, and he has gone from unknown to ‘celebrity politician’ in just over a year

In Sweden, Hanif Bali who is an Iranian Immigrant has become another outlier like Milo and he has become the voice of disaffected ethnic Swedes with his willingness to say what so many ethnic?Swedes are too afraid to say about immigration. Just like with Milo he is the last person you would expect to be standing up to and challenging the Socialist, political establishment.?

Sweden’s own Milo Yiannopoulos or its next Prime Minister? Bearded Iranian child migrant who offends people on Twitter is Swedish opposition’s hope

[…] When?Sweden’s main opposition party recently made a u-turn on?immigration, many credited the new restrictive policies to the increasing influence of one particular backbench MP – and his very controversial?Twitter?account.

The centre-right Moderate Party now want migrant quotas, higher income thresholds for family-reunification, the right to refuse asylum seekers at the border, and Swedish language and citizenship tests.

These drastic changes had long been pushed for by Hanif Bali, a 30-year-old immigrant MP who has gone from unknown suburban backbencher to being compared to US President?Donald Trump?in little over a year.

Last June, he had 23,500 followers on Twitter, now it’s over 75,000 – more than many party leaders – and no Swedish politician even comes close in terms of retweets, responses and mentions.

His ‘fans’ praise him for ‘straight-talking’ tweets on integration, immigration and attacks on political opponents, which have seen him compared to alt-right controversialist Milo Yiannopoulos.

People assume that in New Zealand a controversial, straight-talking politician with conservative views will get no traction with the New Zealand public but I believe?that they are wrong. Many of the people who voted for Trump didn’t tell their workmates that they were supporting him because it was socially unacceptable to do so but he said what they were thinking so he got their votes. I don’t know about you but I am sick of left-wing policies from both National and Labour that do nothing to address the serious issues facing our little country.

Political commentators warn that he is to the Moderate Party what Trump is to the Republicans: A populist pandering to a baying anti-immigration online mob to win voters back from the extreme right-wing Sweden Democrats.

It sounds to?me like a legitimate political?strategy to get traction and votes. If David Seymour had used that strategy Act would have easily achieved 10% and would be in a coalition government with National right now.

[…] Bali came to Sweden from Iran aged three and became an MP at 23
In fact, he brazenly admits to using the same tactics as Milo and Trump whose Twitter highlights include calling feminism cancer, re-posting fascist propaganda and making ‘fake news’ an all-caps phenomenon.

‘Of course there is an immediate negative association with Milo and Trump but at the same time, you cannot deny the success of either – or of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK for that matter – in getting their message out.

‘I look at their methods, not their opinions.[…]

[…] ‘In 2006 the Moderates became the New Moderates and moved to the centre, and it opened up for the Sweden Democrats to take the right.

The Moderates were scared of what the left and the media was going to think. We didn?t talk about immigration, or talk about the issue with segregation, or how many new arrivals we can feasibly integrate into our society.

And what better way to do it than to have an immigrant attacking immigration. His arguments have to be taken on their merits as he cannot easily be silenced with the usual accusations of racism and bigotry.

[…] The Swedish MP’s Twitter strategy has been compared to US President Donald Trump and […] Milo Yiannopoulos

Bali has been a fierce critic of Sweden’s ‘open your hearts’ immigration policy, which saw 163,000 apply for asylum in 2015. But while his peers in politics argue their cases during parliamentary sessions, Bali prefers tweeting.

He credits his social media success with ‘straight talking‘,

Where can New Zealand politics get some of that?

‘People saw everything Hilary said as polished PR bureau talk […]? no one doubted that what he [Trump] said was genuinely his words.’

Bali’s incendiary tweets often uses popular alt-right rhetoric, throwing around words such as ‘soyboy’, a derogatory term for an effeminate man, and ‘SJW’ – social justice warrior.

He himself is the son of members of the left-wing militant organisation People’s Mujahedin of Iran. Fearing for his safety, his parents sent him to Sweden – alone – aged three, and he has grown up in foster families in Stockholm’s suburbs, eventually joining the youth wing of the Moderates as a teenager.

Defending an accusation of racism, Bali tweets: ‘No, it is not racism to point out that mass-migration from countries with strong antisemitic opinion currents will create more antisemitism. It is not because we don’t think people can be cured of antisemitism, it is that we don’t think the state is able to do it’.[…]

‘The alt-right don?t want a metrosexual Iranian mainstream politician stealing their symbols. I want to challenge both the alt-right and the far left. It?s a strategy.?

[…] He has called asylum seekers falsely claiming to be unaccompanied minors ‘child role-players’ and migrants forced to live on the streets ‘professionally begging EU tourists’.

Reclaiming the right: Bali frequently offends and causes controversy with his Twitter account, but he relishes the way his ‘straight-talking’ posts reach the voters
But he does not see any issue in using controversial language to win votes.

?There is a problem with the older generation of politicians who have been taught that there is a ?correct? way to do politics, to use language that doesn’t upset people.

‘When politicians describe tackling the migration crisis, gang wars or segregated suburbs as ‘a challenge’, it makes it sound like they don?t see how big the problem is and that they don?t share the voters’ burden, and there is a huge danger in that.’

Since the Moderate Party welcomed a new leader in October, their support is up from 18.1 per cent to 22.2 per cent in the latest national survey.

Sweden heads to the polls in September this year, and Bali seems confident his Twitter strategy will help them to victory.

‘People ask me why I choose to be provocative, ?but it?s not important to me whether anyone thinks I?m behaving correctly or not.

‘What is important is that my politics gets through to the voters,’ he adds, clarifying that an election result that puts his party back into power justifies any online means.