Britain may be in the mood for a nationalist prime minister who is prepared to see minorities lose out, according to an alarming poll on populism in Prospect magazine. The poll mines a worrying seam of anti-democratic, anti-civil rights instincts on the right, with Conservatism moving rapidly rightwards.
By 61% to a meagre 18%, voters agree with the sentiment that “a prime minister should always put the British majority first even if it means minorities lose out”.
The people getting what the people want, good and hard, is democracy. It may well not be civil liberty, that’s true. But then that also goes for all those other sorts of democracy too, like economic democracy…..