The populist right sweeps aside the left

The beginning of wisdom is that populism can be beaten only from the hard centre

Ugly nationalism is not the sole property of the right. One of the assertions of the Brexiters during the EU referendum campaign was that Britain’s cherished but creaking National Health Service faced being overrun by tens of millions of mainly Turkish migrants. The claim, untrue, was made by Gisela Stuart, the Labour MP who chaired Vote Leave.