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We are in danger of sliding into a modern version of history that looks all too familiar

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Donald Trump attends a rally at Spooky Nook sports centre in Manheim, Pennsylvania Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump attends a rally at Spooky Nook sports centre in Manheim, Pennsylvania Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump attends a rally at Spooky Nook sports centre in Manheim, Pennsylvania Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

George Santayana, the Spanish philosopher, is credited with the sage observation that those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Sound advice, to which I would add a codicil - those who write the history dictate the repetition and in that case, are we actually repeating what happened, or inventing a past to repeat?

I have been boring my friends and anyone who cares to listen for the past five years or so that we are sliding into a new history that looks very much like the old one. I have said it on live radio, in live pubs and at live dinner party conversations. I am like a parrot at this stage.


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