The rise of Europe’s far right will only be halted by a populism of the left | Seumas Milne | Comment is free | The Guardian

No matter that the rising star of Ukip’s youth wing resigns in disgust at the party’s racism, or that its ex-Tory banker leader is involved in one expenses scandal after another, or that on most issues – from a flat tax to wholesale NHS privatisation – the majority of Ukip’s voters don’t remotely share its ultra-Thatcherite politics.It’s not just that on immigration and the EU they do – or that few have much interest in Ukip’s actual policies. As it has moved out of the Tory backwoods into Labour heartlands, Nigel Farage’s party has succeeded in tapping into a deep vein of disenfranchisement and anti-establishment anger.The more the political class turns on Farage, the more it confirms his phoney status as an outsider. And it’s the same story across Europe: the populist right is on the march, along with a hotch-potch of anti-Brussels mavericks such as Italy’s Beppe Grillo – and, in a handful of states, growing parties of the radical left.

via The rise of Europe’s far right will only be halted by a populism of the left | Seumas Milne | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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