Coronavirus could kill off populism

Trump, Bolsonaro and Johnson have all demonstrated incompetence in a crisis

Populists hate to be unpopular.

That is why they have proved so bad at handling Covid-19, a crisis that brings nothing but grim news - death, economic destruction and curtailed freedoms.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2020, with the headline 'Coronavirus could kill off populism'. Print Edition | Subscribe