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Five lessons from the US government shutdown

Published Wed, Feb 6, 2019 · 09:50 PM

TWO Fridays ago, a wave of relief spread across the United States. A completely pointless and highly damaging partial government shutdown was over. Unfortunately, what we learned from the episode was extremely worrying about both what is likely to come next and the country's longer-term fate.

There are five obvious implications.

First, there is no substantive case for building a big concrete wall, or anything similar, on the US border with Mexico. Donald Trump, like previous US presidents, has demonstrated the ability to concentrate national attention on a specific issue.

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