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Britain is in danger of repeating its post-war mistakes

My article for Spectator:In search of wisdom about how an officious government reluctantly relaxes its grip after an emergency, I stumbled on a 1948 newsreel clip of Harold Wilson when he was president of the Board of Trade.

It’s a glimpse of long-forgotten and brain-boggling complexity in the rationing system. ‘We have taken some clothing off the ration altogether,’ he boasts, posing as a munificent liberator. ‘From shoes to bathing costumes, and from oilskins to body belts and children’s raincoats.

Then we’ve reduced the points on such things as women’s coats and woollen garments generally and... on men’s suits.’Does this remind you of anything?

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