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Populist peril

John Hughman

Populist peril

Just over a year ago, I spent a week in Turin, a rather unusual holiday destination given the city’s lack of beaches and industrial past (the reason, in fact, I chose it). Turin is still home to car manufacturer Fiat, although its cars are no longer built at its iconic Lingotto factory, whose rooftop test track was made famous in Britain as the scene of Michael Caine’s Mini chase in The Italian Job – the track is still there, but the rest of the factory is now a rather disappointing shopping centre, reflecting a city that felt like it had seen better days. 

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