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Shades of King Creon: The ancient forebears of Trump and Johnson

Our strongman leaders have been behaving like stubborn, intransigent kings in Greek tragedies, crashing blindly up against justice, convinced that they are right and all others are wrong

Sometimes I look at Boris Johnson and wonder, did we really have the same education? Did we really study the same classics course at the same Oxford college, learning from precisely the same teachers? It’s true that I did not attend Eton—perhaps this…

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