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Title:N.H. Wilson: populism in Rhodesian politics
Author:Wetherell, H.I.
Periodical:Rhodesian History
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
political parties
Abstract:There is a degree of isolated spontaneity peculiar to populist parties which makes it difficult to place the Southern Rhodesian populist movement in an international perspective. This article therefore restricts itself to a discussion of Rhodesian populism with particular regard to the views of N.H. Wilson, who tried to propagate a populist philosophy and programme suited to the circumstances of Southern Rhodesia. His contribution lay in his ability to identify the various populists' power centres - small farmers, small workers, shopkeepers, disillusioned politicians - to provide them with a consistent body of political doctrine, to emphasize the ideological gulf between this body of opinion and Government thinking, and to revive the values and sentiments of the populist sector. Notes.