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Myopic Cyril can’t, or won’t, make the tough calls to prevent SA’s collapse

Like Lord Nelson, he has wilful blindness when it comes our economy. Unlike Nelson, he is leading us to disaster

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There is the famous story of the British admiral, Lord Nelson, who, when his commander-in-chief tried to signal him to retreat during the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801, placed his telescope into his blind eye.

Something very similar is going on right now at our moment of national economic peril and our president’s wilful blindness in reading the signals and the warning shots and changing course, or retreating from the field littered with failed policies and ruinous ideology.

Of course, Nelson’s ignoring of the signal allowed Britain to destroy the Danish-Norwegian fleet – but then it had superior firepower to do so, even if Nelson’s commander was himself blinded by the smoke of battle and so could not accurately read the unfolding battle, or at any rate not as clearly as the one-eyed Nelson...

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