As Abraham Lincoln once cautioned: "Don't believe everything you read on the internet." A quote attributed to Zhou Enlai in response to a question on what he thought of the French Revolution, "It's too early to tell", is about as credible as the Lincoln reference. But legends take on a life of their own. As with most revolutionary societies, it is far too early to tell what kind of president Donald Trump will be. What is extraordinary is that, in a year in which Leicester won the premiership, the Proteas roundly defeated Australia in the first test at the Waca, and Britain voted to leave the EU, so few saw this coming. The country that twice voted for George W Bush this week elected a man seen by many as an inept, bigoted misogynist as president over Hillary Clinton. She won more votes, but the US system gave Trump the edge into the most powerful office in the world. Whether it stays that way is up to him. We can learn a lot from what has happened in the world this year, and there a...

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