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    Recently I was discussing a political matter with two of the chums.
    The discussion came to an abrupt end when one of them remarked to me "after several refreshments you often spout the most idiotic populist nonsense".
    Needless to say I was disturbed and disappointed by such an analysis, and my mood did not improve when my partner refused to even criticise the above statement.
    She suggested I refrain from wearing my baseball hat back to front as this might just give the wrong impression of my political stance.
    For the sake of a peaceful evening I did not point out she sounded like a snob. I must add, however, she has often happily accepted that view of herself.
    I will finish by saying I have always regarded myself as a man possessing impeccable liberal credentials.
    I realise I can easily find the meaning of the word "populism" but I would like to hear the opinions/definitions of some members of this forum with some examples of world leaders who fall into this category.


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    Unfortunately, many have bad reputations. Adolf Hitler, George Wallace, William Jennings Bryan, Huey Long, many others.


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    There's one whose name is on the tip of my tongue....
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    geordief, are you, by any chance, referring to the "Donald John"?He does have a number of idiotic opinions, and I can think of others with the same fault.This consists of putting forward simple, spur of the moment, answers to complex problems.I firmly believe I have never been guilty of this approach.Despite my rejection of Trump, on intellectual grounds, I recognise him as a man with a sense of style, business acumen and, at least, one other towering achievement.I have heard conflicting views on his hairstyle altho' I do approve of his "swept back" look.
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    I apologise unreservedly for the split infinitive used in my first post!
    I regard this as a major error on my part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cameron buttle View Post
    I apologise unreservedly for the split infinitive used in my first post!
    I regard this as a major error on my part.
    I hope you are not just trying to curry flavour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cameron buttle View Post
    I apologise unreservedly for the split infinitive used in my first post!
    I regard this as a major error on my part.
    Common English usage misconceptions.
    There are no paradoxes in relativity, just people's misunderstandings of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cameron buttle View Post
    I apologise unreservedly for the split infinitive used in my first post!
    I regard this as a major error on my part.
    No apology necessary, as there is no formal arbiter of right and wrong in English. As the article linked to by KJW points out, the proscription against split infinitives derives from a dogmatic belief that English ought to emulate Latin. Because infinitives are single words in the latter, this odd belief led to the rule you've "broken". It is better to boldly split an infinitive than boldly to split one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cameron buttle View Post
    I recognise him as a man with a sense of style, business acumen and, at least, one other towering achievement.
    Business acumen? o.O ummmm, not so much actually
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    Donald T is a billionaire and now also POTUS, try trumping that.
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    Hes also bankrupted on four separate occasions and has already had the ENTIRE military tell him to stuff it regarding Transgendger rights, to which he backed down. Hes a blow hard that gets his way through gish-galloping and threats
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    Bankrupted or not the dude is still a billionaire and is the most powerful man in the world ( next to Kim Jong-un, that is ). As for caving into the military on certain issues shows that he listening, as any good Commander In Chief would do.
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