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The handling of Brexit is the surest example of folly imaginable

Is the lesson only to be learned once it is too late?

By Sionaidh Douglas-Scott  

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In 1984, the celebrated American historian, Barbara Tuchman, wrote a book entitled The March of Folly: from Troy to Vietnam. In this work, Tuchman asks why governing classes have (throughout history) persisted in policies contrary to their country’s self-interest, even when those policies were identified at the time as foolish and counter-productive, and sensible alternatives were clearly available. Such behaviour she defines as “folly.” I believe the handling of Brexit constitutes “folly” as Tuchman uses the word.

Today, prime minister Theresa May persists with her Brexit…

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