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Ba’al Zevul

Look out for “authoritarian populists”: the latest meme devised by the Establishment to disparage its detractors. Invented, or at least first promulgated by the BBC…surprise!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36043219

Note the wonderfully all-inclusive nature of the term. If you don’t think about it, and you aren’t intended to, it embraces the ‘authoritarian’ Old Tory as lovingly as the ‘populist’ Corbynesque Socialist. In practice, though it’sapplied to the Brexit tendency and no-one else. Boris is an authoritarian populist: Blair isn’t.

Words. Don’cha luv ’em?