|By Colm Keena|
It is sometimes said that Ireland has been fortunate in avoiding the type of populist politics that is causing so much damage to other democracies.
But if a populist politician is one who claims to speak on behalf of the people, while relentlessly blaming all society’s ills on a “corrupt political elite”, then we have our fair share of them.
I was prompted to write something about populism after being contacted by someone who was appalled by postings he’d tracked on Facebook, published by people commenting on Irish politics. Most of the commentary was angry, some of it was vicious, and almost all of it chimed with the definition for populism cited above.
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