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Beware the coming wave of competent populists

By Janan Ganesh

12 Jul 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

The threat from two political buffoons, Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, has quietened but eventually populist appetites will have to be satisfied. These successors may be harder to dismiss.

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson have more disciplined successorsVenice Beach. Last autumn. Ocean breeze and legal weed in the air. A friend visiting from Britain is grousing about Nadine Dorries, one of those harmless eccentrics who roam the foothills of politics in that troubled kingdom. On and on he goes, until I ask why he is letting a backbencher-cum-reality TV also-ran spoil a Pacific day.

“Janan, she’s in the cabinet.”

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