Tuesday, 5 October 2010

comparatively solvent

An ironic quote from 'One, two, buckle my shoe', by Agatha Christie, which I'm reading at the moment. The character is talking about the UK:

"We're a very tiresome people in this country. We're conservative, you know, conservative to the backbone. We grumble a lot, but we don't really want to smash our democratic government and try new-fangled experiments. That's what's so heart-breaking to the wretched foreign agitator who's working full time and over! The whole trouble is - from their point of view - that we really are, as a country, comparatively solvent. Hardly any other country in Europe is at the moment! To upset England - really upset it - you've got to play hell with its finance - that's what it comes to! And you can't play hell with its finance when you've got men like Alistair Blunt at the helm...

"Blunt is the kind of man who in private life would always pay his bills and live within his income - whether he'd got twopence a year or several million makes no difference. He is that type of fellow. And he just simply thinks that there's no reason why a country shouldn't do the same! No costly experiments. No frenzied expenditures on possible Utopias..."

Blunt for chancellor! Or maybe not...

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