Poland’s traditionally conservative, nationalist government is experiencing record support, despite widespread international media coverage of a number of protests that have been launched by foreign-funded groups.
The Law and Justice Party (PiS) made history in 2015 when it became the first party since the Cold War to win an election outright — meaning that for the first time the modern Polish state could be governed without the constraints of coalition.
Yet that landslide 37.58 per cent vote at the ballot box has been dwarfed by the growing popularity of the government since the vote, with a new poll by CBOS finding 43 per cent of Poles support the ruling party.
Even more significantly, Prime Minister Beata Szydło enjoys even greater personal support at 53 per cent, reports Polish Newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza.
Despite the historic democratic mandate and sustained support in Poland for Law and Justice, foreign media reports on the government’s policy programme have been overwhelmingly negative, with significant airtime given to anti-government protests.
Amongst the programmes being pushed through the government is a reduction in retirement age and reform of the nation’s Communist-era holdovers in the judicial system, both of which have been vigorously opposed by the European Commission’s Jean-Claude Juncker.
Protests and moves against the reforms have been linked to billionaire social-justice funder George Soros.
The involvement of the Commission in Polish politics in these matters has also triggered anti-Juncker protests in the country.
Another area in which the Polish government has triggered the criticism of foreign governments and news media and boosted its own profile at home is a strong opposition to mass migration, and opposition to the European Union’s plan to redistribute migrants received during the migrant crisis around the continent.
Whilst the European Union has threatened the Polish government with sanctions, including suspension of voting rights and even fines for refusing to change course on these issues, the government has remained unbending.
Breitbart London reported the remarks of Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski in August, when he stated the position of the nation plainly, saying: “The security of Poland is more important than the unjustified decisions of the European institutions on refugee issues.”
Muhammad is the top name for baby boys in the English regions of London and the West Midlands in 2016, and was the top scoring across the whole of England and Wales in the year when slight variations in spelling are taken into account.
The annual release of the most popular names for baby boys and girls by the Office for National Statistics also reveals that Muhammed has pushed traditionally popular boy’s name William out of the top 10 in the past recorded year.
Whilst the statistics showed the most popular name for boys and girls were Oliver and Olivia respectively, the decision by the Office to list slight changes to the spelling of Muhammed as completely different names masked the fact that the popular Muslim name was actually in first place, and not in eighth as reported.
The variations in the name such as Muhammad, Mohammed, and Mohammad may come from the imprecise nature of transliterating Arabic names into English. Muhammed and other similar spellings of the name of the Islamic prophet, which is often given to Muslim boys in honour of the religious figure, have taken the top spot in England and Wales every year since 2011.
Breitbart London has reported over the course of this decade on the steady climb of the name. The 2015 figures showed Muhammed at 12th, but hitting first place when combined with the other similar spellings. The 2014 figures had it at 14th, and 2013 at 15th.
Whilst the changes in demographics and attitudes across England and Wales that are driving these changes are clear from the statistics, they are even more apparent in certain areas. In heavily multicultural regions like London and the West Midlands, Muhammed is the most popular boy’s name even without other spellings being taken into account.
London has been minority white British at least since the last census in 2011, and Birmingham — the defacto capital of the West Midlands region — has been predicted to become minority white British by the end of this decade. The Coventry TelegraphreportsMuhammad first surged to most popular in the area in 2015 and alternative spelling Mohammed is only fractionally behind at fifth place.
Earlier statistics released by the ONS in 2017 showed that up to 98 per cent of population growth in English cities over the past decade has been down to immigration. At the same time, separate figures showed that mothers born abroad now account for 28.2 per cent of births in England and Wales.