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70 years ago, the government faced a very different kind of crisis

Not Brexit-related, but a severe winter fuel shortage

By Nick Thomas-Symonds  

Manny Shinwell, ©Imperial War Museums

“Events, dear boy, events.” Harold Macmillan’s famous words must have run through the head of Theresa May in recent months on more than one occasion. The result of the EU referendum brought her to the top political office in the land, but that same event is posing the greatest of strategic challenges to her administration as she nears the triggering of Article 50 before the end of March. Indeed, governments are often judged not on manifesto promises, but on how…

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