The Democratic Alliance and illiberal liberalism’s glass ceiling

It is now impossible to find more than two Democratic Alliance figures who ever supported the infamous Phoenix election posters and who believe the episode may not lose the party many votes in the region.

But the incident speaks of a wider crisis in the party — and a downward revision of its real political ambitions — that looks set to see the DA’s overall poll results next month drop well below 2016 levels. 

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