Bureaucracy can be both banal and baleful at once and so the simple issuing of something as official-sounding as an Emergency Order helped lull once more an already docile nation.

As the world has learned since lessons began the trick is to convince a nation to rewrite history together. Collectively. Only personal histories are rewritten with a single pen.

And so being the nostalgic nation that it is, the country readily adopted Operation TurnBack as a charming idea.

‘We’ve been through such a lot as a nation in recent times.’

‘It is time we brought the old times back.’

‘Everyone has spent years only thinking about themselves.’

‘It is high time we thought about the country again.’

‘If only everyone could stop and think about how things used to be.’

‘If only now could be more like then.’

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