U.K. Forged the Modern World. Why the Election Identity Crisis?

The Stockton & Darlington Railway, opened in 1825, was the world's first public railway. Source: The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images

It was in 1825 when Darlington in northeast England etched its name in history. Today, the town long associated with the age of steam is a symbol of lost identity that’s set to play out in this week’s general election.

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