Ever since the Brexit referendum and victory of Donald Trump in 2016, many political commentators have struggled to make sense of the shifting political paradigm. With the rise of anti-system parties right across Europe, the breakdown of the center-ground politics seemed inevitable.
In response to this, the mainstream politicians have either ignored the problem in the hope it will go away or they have tried to desperately imitate the emerging extremes. Unsurprisingly, neither of these strategies has managed to turn the tide of populism.
And yet, the antidote to it is simple: it requires principled politics, trustworthy politicians and a comprehensive language.