Fintan O’Toole: UK voted for Brexit because citizens feel their country is ‘broken’. It can be fixed

Decades of demonisation made the EU a natural fit in the search for an 'oppressor' to revolt against

Brexit Britain: Theresa May decided to embrace a phoney populism. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Brexit Britain: Theresa May decided to embrace a phoney populism. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

The wave of reactionary resentment that has swept across Europe and the United States is generally filed under the vague and often inaccurate label of populism. But if progressive politics is to respond effectively it has to start from a more subtle analysis.

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