The p-word is much misunderstood. It’s as old as democracy, and has perhaps never been as popular as it is today. So who are the key protagonists?
That’s a vexed question. Populism is usually described as a strategic approach that frames politics as a battle between the virtuous, “ordinary” masses and a nefarious or corrupt elite.
It is time to free the French people from an arrogant elite” – Marine Le Pen
People want to take back control of their countries and they want to take back control of their lives and the lives of their family” – Donald Trump
The European elite has failed, and this failure’s symbol is the European Commission” – Victor Orban
Brexit was about ordinary people rising up to defeat the establishment and we’ve now seen the same happen in the US” – Nigel Farage
Related: How populist are you?