Europe’s Reluctant Radicals: UK
Counterpoint releases a new pamphlet on populism in the UK by philosopher and writer Julian Baggini as part of the “Recapturing Europe’s Reluctant Radicals” project, supported by the Open Society Foundations. This second phase of the project aims to draw an in-depth picture of how populism emerges in specific country contexts. The pamphlet will be launched at the Labour and Conservative party conferences on 25 and 29 September.
“A very British populism” by Julian Baggini
In “A very British populism”, a thoughtful exploration of British culture and politics, philosopher and writer Julian Baggini argues that the same springs of populism that fuel the far right elsewhere in Europe exist in Britain. He warns against the complacency of the ‘it could never happen here’ mindset; whether in the form of a ‘softer-edged’ UKIP, or a more sinister movement, populism could be at our doorstep.