When are historians – in print or on radio or TV – going to understand that describing historical events in the present tense does not make them seem more immediate? It just makes the historians sound idiotic, and manages to alienate a goodly number of their audience. The way to bring history to life is to underline the need to learn its lessons and apply them to the present – something which the majority of our current politicians are unable to do.

History is not an entertainment. It is far more important than that.

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