A common response to Brexit, Trump, and the gradual re-emergence of fascist views, has been the idea of “political failure”. Whether you call them “the elite”, “the establishment” or “the political class”, the prevailing thrust of articles, tweets and intelligent-sounding conversations has been that something that was once powerful has failed. Anger is the keyword, and politicians are held to have caused this anger by ignoring or marginalising huge swathes of the electorate.
There is some truth in it. But two niggling concerns have led me to my keyboard to try to move the debate forwards.
Firstly, the re-emergence of openly held right wing views is what large sections of the elite have long wanted.