John McGowan makes the case
|Commitment? Or sign of illness?|
It’s just over a month until the UK general election and many Brits seem to have lost trust in their traditional politicos. Whether it’s the UK Independence Party (UKIP) scapegoating the European Union and immigrants, a rise in nationalism (the Scottish National party), or Russell Brand’s teenage anarchism, faith in facile, and sometimes ugly, solutions is on the march.
If a populist group or party makes this charge the sufferer will instantly ignore the phalanx of pollsters, strategists and PR people around the idealised group’s leaders and see them as ‘one of us’.