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Theresa May’s artful balance of populism and globalism

May's careful balancing act has swallowed the UKIP vote—but to be sustainable, she needs bolder policy solutions.

By Sam Hall  

Theresa May at a NATO summit. Photo: PA

Many have celebrated Emmanuel Macron’s election to the French presidency as the moment the populist march across the west was halted. Right-wing populism finally flunked an electoral test—so the narrative runs—after a string of successes in 2016 encompassing Brexit, Trump and a rejection of Italy’s constitutional reforms.

But was Brexit really a populist moment like Trump’s victory? Vote Leave’s rhetoric certainly featured some of the same dominant themes: cultural anxiety about uncontrolled immigration; dissatisfaction with the behaviour of political and corporate elites;…

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