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“Never make predictions, least of all about the future,” was the wise advice of Hollywood mogul Sam Goldwyn. The same might be said of political slogans and phrases, some of which barely survive contact with the real world.

As Theresa May limps through her last days as prime minister of Great Britain, and the fight for her succession begins in earnest this week, posterity will remember with scorn and derision two of her verbal hostages to fortune.

First of her Brexit red-lines (all of which she crossed during her ill-starred three-year premiership) was: “Better no deal, than a bad deal.”

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