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March of the incompetents: why are politicians so useless?

Our overlords have no idea what they're doing, and they are not ashamed

By Martha Gill   December 2018

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab. Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

It was once said that all political careers end in failure. This now seems optimistic: most of them simply carry on.

We have an overload of failure in politics at present, it is saturated in failure, it has an embarrassment of it. There is the monumental kind, of course, like invading a country for a dud reason or calling a referendum you can’t win: that’s always cropped up on occasion. But also on the rise is the kind of obvious,…

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