We laughed so much at the North Korean newsreader, the Chinese ambassador trying his best to explain away the personality cult of President Xi, the recreation by Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin of the worst behaviour of the old Soviet Union, and the memory of countless tinpot dictators of the past. We in the UK would never entertain a cult of personality, not here in a Parliamentary democracy. Or would we?
Except it not only could happen, it did happen. Behold the new Mao Zedong.