News from the United Kingdom, Monday 20th May 2013

ITV NewsFour arrested in Dumfries protests. ‘Four people have been arrested during protests between the Scottish Defence League and the Trade Union Council in Dumfries. The SDL said it was demonstrating against plans to expand the use of a local mosque. Trade Union members and the group Unite Against Fascism held a counter protests against the SDL.’ Ukip horror as investigation exposes racist abuse. ‘There were further examples of rampant racism in Ukip today, after a newspaper investigation uncovered even more offensive comments from local councillors.’

Research: Political Studies (£)Rethinking Populism: Politics, Mediatisation and Political Style. ‘As a key feature of the contemporary political landscape, populism stands as one of the most contentious concepts in political science. This article presents a critique of dominant conceptions of populism – as ideology, logic, discourse and strategy/organisation – and introduces the category of ‘political style’ as a new compelling way of thinking about the phenomenon.’

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