Family fortunes

Family fortunes

Dynasties captivate us. For some time, the most popular television series has been Game of Thrones, a bombastic soap opera of families squabbling over ancestral rights, although our cultural fascination is hardly confined to the fictional. Here in twenty first century Britain, most people are apparently still keen on an ancient hereditary monarchy. Across the pond, in a familiar refrain in US politics, Hillary Clinton is currently expected to follow in the footsteps of an immediate family member and assume the most powerful office on the planet next January.

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