Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

History professor writes in The Independent on the rise of insurgent politics

Friday, 20 February 2015

Bennet Farage

Professor Glen O'Hara has contributed another of his semi-regular pieces to The Independent online.

This time, he has covered the build-up to the UK's General Election, and specifically the rise of 'challenger', 'insurgent' or 'outsider' parties that he sees as providing simple, clear, but often unrealistic solutions to problems that are much more complicated than they seem on the surface.

UKIP, the SNP and the Greens cut through all [the] noise. They say quite simple things, in straightforward ways. They’re clear. They’re economical. They’re succinct – and they look like they mean it. One word will do: Europe. Independence. Environment. In an age when voters cry out for “authenticity”, they provide it.