Why are we talking about immigrants and not about the crisis?

We are talking about immigrants, not economic crisis. Or, to put it the other way around, keeping the issue of immigrants on the agenda makes the economic crisis indescribable. The right and the extreme right do it all the time. If there is impoverishment and deep economic crisis in society, it blames the weaker sections of society.

The economic crisis is crushing low incomes with all its might. As soon as we go out into the street, enter any store, we realize that we are talking about nothing but the astronomical cost of living. Those who have not experienced the devastating power of the economic crisis are probably the tiny “happy minority”. Apart from this, there is almost no one who does not have difficulties (it is not necessary to have a low income) and does not think about how to continue his life.

As I have written many times before, this is a crisis created or amplified by government economic policies out of nowhere. This is what hurts even more.

Come and see that this crisis cannot be the first item on the agenda. The opposition is pursuing a process called the “Table of Six” and continues to hold meetings. The next meeting will be on April 24. Of course, it is important that the opposition parties dialogue, which is a step, but there is no serious effort to make the crisis the main point on the agenda in the country.

Instead, “Who will be the opposition candidate in the 2023 elections?” A process is underway, which opens the door to discussions that have come to nothing. You know, if the candidate is clear, that’s something, at least we talk about the candidate and what he said. There is no place.

Kılıçdaroğlu obviously wants to be a presidential candidate. Or rather, it seems so. However, I also understand that the other table legs, namely Akşener, Karamollaoğlu, Babacan and Davutoğlu, are hesitant on this issue. There is nothing strange in this, because the name of Kılıçdaroğlu obviously does not create enthusiasm not only for the opposition parties in question, but also for those who are overwhelmed by the economic crisis and the absence of democracy.

It would not be wrong to say that the needle points to İmamoğlu, the president of İBB. Sometimes the evolution of politics brings a name, whether he likes it or not. It’s a social dynamic, events develop that way. The name in question may not be on everyone’s mind in some respects, but politics has its own rules. If the pointer points to a name, ignoring it has various consequences.

The CHP administration is obviously reluctant on this issue as well – unless, as a tactic, they save the name İmamoğlu for last. If they are really reluctant, the following possibility comes to mind: In particular, the CHP administration can make a calculation like “The AKP cannot bear this crisis, they will lose anyway”. Kılıçdaroğlu can also say, “Let me win an election in my current political life.” I do not know if such an account exists, but if it does, it must be remembered that no election is child’s play and that all means must be used to win the election.

We have said that we are not talking about the crisis; So what are you talking about? Immigrants. The reports about migrants, some true and some false, that have been reflected on social media in recent weeks have once again reinforced the nationalist/racist wave. And because of this atmosphere, Ümit Özdağ, the leader of the Victory Party, which can be called the extreme right and which is above all provocative anti-immigrant, has found wide coverage on television.

Özdağ’s provocative anti-immigration stance also appears to have found support on social media. The leaning towards all sorts of right-wing movements has become a feature of the voter profile in Turkey, especially in recent years. Of course, this was also the case in the past, but in the 1960s, 70s and even in the 10-12 years after the 1980 coup, the leftist/social democratic movement had considerable power. Although the split is generally 60% conservative-nationalist right, 40% centre-left social democrat, the voice of the left could gain strength and find a response on the voter base.

An example might be useful: while we are already discussing how the current CHP can be social democratic, it is significant to say how the other five members of the “Table of Six” are right-wing parties.

In this atmosphere, we are talking about immigrants, not about the economic crisis. Or, to put it the other way around, keeping the issue of immigrants on the agenda makes the economic crisis indescribable.

The right and the extreme right do it all the time. If there is impoverishment and deep economic crisis in society, it blames the weaker sections of society. The right and the extreme right always feed on it and find their ground. It would be nice if the left and social democratic politics took this into account.

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