Comment: Britain, Brexit, Europe and the lessons of Suez

GB Shaw said that ‘we learn from history that we learn nothing from history’, writes John Looby

4th August, 2016
David Cameron's 'reckless risk' Pic: Getty

Almost 60 years ago a popular and experienced Tory Prime Minister destroyed his career and plunged his country into crisis with a reckless risk which backfired spectacularly. While the retreat from Empire was never likely to be smooth, the stark weakness exposed by the debacle of Suez undoubtedly accelerated the long march to the margins.

Sir Anthony Eden had been a front rank politician for over 20 years when he succeeded Winston Churchill as Prime Minister...

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