Populism: Pantomime politics or the public fighting back?


Originally published by the BBC

The man who was prime minister last Christmas and isn’t this Christmas thinks he knows why.

“I stand here as a great optimist about how we can combat populism. It may seem odd that I am so optimistic, because after all the rise of populism cost me my job.”

Douglas Murray, an associate editor at The Spectator magazine, says the word is so debased in reality it only conveys one impression.

“When I see the term ‘populism’ used, I know the author is referring to a movement the author he or she doesn’t like. That is what it does. It signals to the listener that the thing they are deprecating is to be deprecated.”

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