I AM fed up with the wishy-washy liberalism of Archbishop Justin Welby.

Typical of a member of our ruling elite, he has recently spoken of populist leaders deceiving their people.

To use the word “populist” is insulting to ordinary people because what the speaker is really saying is: “We, the upper crust, know better than you what’s good for you.”

The Oxford Dictionary defines a populist as “a member or adherent of a political party seeking support mainly from the ordinary people”. Isn’t that exactly what democratic politics is supposed to be about?

In reality, although, our “betters” pay lip-service to democracy, they usually manage to rig things to suit themselves. Because Brexit is an exception, the elite cannot tolerate it.

Steve Kay, Redcar & Cleveland councillor