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Dunkirk offers a lesson – but it isn’t what Nigel Farage thinks | Zoe Williams

Brexiters imagine that war stories justify British self-reliance. In fact they teach us the value of fellowship

• Zoe Williams is a Guardian columnist

Nigel Farage stands alone in a cinema foyer, before a film poster. He wears an expression of fathomless disappointment, like he swallowed something before he realised it was a frog and it’s given him the most savage indigestion. The photo isn’t a selfie, so one’s mind is drawn irresistibly to the person taking it, thinking, “Here I am, with a man who wears a suit to the cinema, and wants to make a sombre face but doesn’t know how. What decisions brought me to this place?” Nigel, satisfied with his shot, then tweets it: “I urge every youngster to go out and watch #Dunkirk.”

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