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Unpopular Populism

Unpopular Populism

Friday 2 December, 2016
Pudding Club members discuss the likelihood of a Trump happening in the UK and the danger of populist politics not being unpopular enough.
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Lord Noes, General Alarm and Sir Rah Sera settled for an entrecote steak, pommes frites and salad for lunch at the Club last week accompanied by an exquisitely fruity Beaujolais Nouveau flown in specially from Paris.

“I say“ said His Lordship “I see Trump has suggested that Nigel should be appointed our ambassador in Washington”

“How considerate of him to give Boris a hand with diplomatic appointments” observed Sir Rah “I wonder if he’s got any thoughts about a Manager for the England Football Team”

“Trump could change civilisation as we know it” opined the General

“All I can say is that having stayed at one of his hotels” remarked Sir Rah “heaven help us if that’s his idea of civilisation”

“But say Trump succeeds” mused His Lordship “in getting people back to work, Mexicans back to Mexico and the economy back in the black I wonder what effect it would have on politics here”

“Very little” asserted Sir Rah “because we don’t yet have the advantage of Trump-like politician who is prepared to put Corbyn and Co. back in their cage”

“What you fail to understand” insisted the General “is that people are on the march, they have the scent of victory in their nostrils after Brexit and they’re not going to stop there. The Westminster system no longer holds sway in Bradford and it’s under tremendous pressure in Edinburgh. We could be approaching the end of everything I’ve held dear since that amazing little filly during my third year at Eton”

“Hold on a minute” cautioned Sir Rah “we’re not going to cave that easily. Theresa’s a tough customer and Nigel doesn’t have Trump’s mastery when it comes to misogyny and racism. The UK is a natural Trump-free zone”

“My dear fellow” said the General helpfully “given our current national mindset a Trump could emerge anywhere at any time. He could be a captain of industry, a Casanova or he could even have been educated at a secondary school. He might even be Nigel on steroids”

“Be careful what you wish for” warned Sir Rah “because the Trumps of this world are populists who unashamedly do what people want rather than the things they don’t want that politicians are wont to do”

“You don’t seriously mean” suggested the General apprehensively “that could mean the end of Old Etonian political hegemony in this country”

“That’s the very first thing that would go” advised Sir Rah

“In that case” pronounced the General “I couldn’t possibly support a Trump unless he was a paid-up member of the Conservative Party”


About this Series
Located on the fashionable side of Pall Mall the Club is famous for counting some of the UK’s greatest political intellects among its members. Lord Noes, General Alarm and Sir Rah Sera convene there regularly to create the brilliant insights which David relies on so much to keep the ship of state on course.

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