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Janan Ganesh: "what British political parties can learn from Nixon"

Raleigh Addington
Raleigh Addington
editor at Chartwell Speakers

One of the few shared passions amongst MPs in the UK is an almost unequivocal affection for American politics. However, Janan Ganesh, a political columnist for The Financial Times, believes that the US political figure who truly defines British political zeitgeist is rarely invoked – that figure being Richard Nixon.

In a piece for today’s edition of The Financial Times, Janan articulates how the current mood of demagogy and populism exuded by Britain’s political class has clear-cut roots in Richard Nixon’s brand of politics – with both the Conservatives and Labour chasing a mass of low- to middle-income voters with tough attitudes on issues such as welfare, immigration and Europe (“the silent majority”, a demographic coined by Nixon himself), and smaller parties such as UKIP exhibiting a Nixonian contempt for elites.

You can read Janan’s piece in full here


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