Recent assumptions that Nationalism is on the rise following economic uncertainties have been challenged by studies which suggest economic uncertainty is less motivating as a source of increased Nationalism than a sense within a society that their national culture is being challenged by outsiders.
The political class is prone to leaping upon any opportunity, and more often in
democracies the preoccupation with the idea that a week is a long time in
politics results in the thinking things through part being left to some future
time when it might be too late. It's embarrassing more than anything else.