We’re in an alien populist world, and the global left is clueless

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We’re in an alien populist world, and the global left is clueless

The US Democrats and Labour in Britain are yet to confront the West’s new ideological dividing line

Janet Daley

By a remarkable coincidence, the main opposition parties in Britain and the US find themselves trapped in extraordinarily similar dilemmas.

In America, the Democratic Party is now running through the ritual slaughter known as the “primaries” in which prospective candidates do their best to undermine each other irreparably. Mike Bloomberg – who has been doing a plausible impersonation of Donald Trump as the billionaire outsider – crashed spectacularly in his first public debate last week when faced with a professional hit squad of experienced politicians.

Meanwhile, in the quieter backwaters of British political life, the candidates for Labour Party leader determinedly discredit each other, and contradict themselves, on the irrelevant margins of public consciousness...

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