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Populism is now going mainstream

Politicians are moving away from the political centre and taking up populist positions to align themselves with a disenchanted electorate that wants to shake up the status quo

Pro-wall demonstrators at a rally in San Ysidro, California. A new wave of politicians are willing to embrace radical ideas to gain public support.

PUNDITS have been speculating recently that the political momentum of the populist insurgencies that we have witnessed in recent years may be slowing down and predict that voters in Western countries would eventually gravitate back to the political centre.

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