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The Prospect editorial—A populist moment

Populism could be the way to No 10. But in time, deep social changes will limit its appeal

By Tom Clark  

Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images

Mendacity and caprice have always been found in politics, yet until recently there was a certain price to be paid. But no longer perhaps, and not only because of Donald Trump. Around the world, from Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil (whose ruinous stance on the Amazon Julia Blunck exposes) to Viktor Orbán in Hungary, a shameless new form of governance is on the march. It trades in feelings not facts, nostalgia not progress, grievances not solutions, and chauvinism rather than co-operation. From behind a cover…

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