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Big ideas of 2014: Rejectionist politics—Euroscepticism, populism and Russell Brand-ism

The politics of resentment will be a powerful, destablising force in 2014

Spanish protestors rail against austerity in November


An anti-austerity protest in Madrid, November: “The conversion of resentment at ‘elites’ into a political platform connects diverse movements” © AFP/Getty Images

The politics of resentment and rejection will be a powerful, destabilising force in 2014. The comedian Russell Brand burst into mainstream debate in October with a pseudo-revolutionary diatribe in the New Statesman and an appearance on the BBC’s Newsnight, when many commentators reckoned he got the better of the formidable Jeremy Paxman. Refusing to vote, Brand said, was…

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