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THIS week will bring us another State of the Nation address and, like its predecessors, it will probably be best remembered for the fashion parade on Parliament’s red carpet.

But there will also be the usual post speech analysis of what will probably be seen as both a populist and denialist Sona, peppered perhaps with a few dubious claims about unity and progress.

We should expect nothing more. After all, we live in a time of uncertainty; a time of “alternative facts” when truth has become nothing more than a factor in verbal spin. This is also a time when the poison of nationalism seeps into every fibre of the social fabric, starting to rot what it cannot calcify.

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