Beyond the Noise: Why anti-populism is the new threat to democracy

Ben Wray

Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 outrage-driven social media news circus and gets to heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines.

THIS week, Jamieson is joined by James Foley co-author of ‘Yes: The radical case for independence’ and  the article ‘In Fear of Populism: Referendums and Neoliberal Democracy’ in the journal Socialist Register, to discuss referendums, populism and anti-populism as Britain and Europe are gripped by political crisis.

They discuss:
– 1:28 What does the Scottish independence referendum era tell us about the nature of referendums, populism and political changes in recent years?

– 12:52 How did the Elite/populist dynamic establish itself in the Scottish referendum campaign, and why has this model re-appeared in subsequent referendums and elections?

– 26:41 How the Scottish independence referendum outcome taught the Tory leadership the wrong lessons and led them on to losing the EU referendum.

– 37:35 The Guardian’s special week of coverage on ‘populism’ would imply that nothing has been understood about the current political situation in the ‘centre’ of politics.

Picture: Lorna Miller