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The Conservative Party likes to think of itself as the party of tradition. It’s in the very meaning of its name. But you might not realise just how far back some of their traditions go. It’s very instructive to take a look at, as it provides a perfect context for understanding the behaviour of the current Tory leadership – and a warning for any who fail to see it for what it is. They say that those who won’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, so let’s see what history tells us and what the lesson is.

More than 2,000 years ago, the Roman dictator Sulla started the practice of ‘proscription‘ as a means of achieving his political and economic aims. Winning a civil war is an expensive business, and he needed to find a way to pay his soldiers and the leading citizens who had…

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