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Theresa May’s appeal to “the people” isn’t just dangerous for her MPs—it’s bad for democracy

Right-wing populists have sowed the seeds of doubt in democratic institutions since the referendum. Now, it would seem, they have the British government itself on side

By Jade Azim  

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street. Photo: PA

The Prime Minister made a choice this week. In the wake of her Deal’s two-time death at the hands of MPs, Theresa May walked up to her government podium to appeal to “the people” against their elected representatives.

Whilst the most explicit attack so far on Parliament, this is not even the first time this week that the government has attempted to antagonize the people against democratic process. The government’s recent war of words with speaker John Bercow, after…

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