While the term ‘populism’ is commonplace in the media, academically speaking there is a lack of consensus surrounding the definition of the term, leading political scientist Paul Taggart to call the term, “one of the most widely used but poorly understood political concepts of our time” . Various political scientists have highlighted the term populism for its overuse or misuse, none more than Margaret Canovan who categorised seven types of populism, arguing the term itself cannot be defined like terms such as conservatism or socialism, but is used to describe a series of often unrelated political developments. Populism has been defined in terms of its ideational nature - needing a linked ideology but essentially any idea pitting the people against elites, but is had also been defined at times as any popular engagement in political decision making. It has likewise been used by economists to describe economic mismanagement to fund public spending, or even to describe many types of political opportunism by unscrupulous politicians mindlessly seeking the public vote. The term populism should be rejected for more elaborate descriptions of political ideologies and actions.